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Handling Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) Attacks on API and ChatGPT Services

Over the past 24 hours, OpenAI has been grappling with a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks targeting its API and ChatGPT services.

Users Affected

Users affected by these incidents reported encountering errors such as “something seems to have gone wrong” and “There was an error generating a response” when accessing ChatGPT.

Previous Outages

This recent wave of attacks follows a major outage that impacted ChatGPT and its API on Wednesday, along with partial ChatGPT outages on Tuesday, and elevated error rates in Dall-E on Monday.

Claimed Responsibility

The threat actor group Anonymous Sudan has claimed responsibility for the DDoS attacks on OpenAI, stating they are in response to OpenAI’s perceived bias towards Israel and against Palestine.

Attack Methodology

The attackers utilized the SkyNet botnet, which recently incorporated support for application layer attacks or Layer 7 (L7) DDoS attacks. In Layer 7 attacks, threat actors overwhelm services at the application level with a massive volume of requests to strain the targets’ server and network resources.

Cybersecurity Concerns

The attribution of these attacks to Anonymous Sudan has raised suspicions among cybersecurity researchers. Some experts suggest that this could be a false flag operation and the group might have connections to Russia, which, along with Iran, is suspected of stoking the bloodshed and international outrage to benefit its domestic interests.


The situation once again highlights the ongoing challenges faced by organizations dealing with DDoS attacks and the complexities of accurately identifying the perpetrators.

Importance for Enterprises

For organizations dealing with DDoS attacks, it is crucial to have robust security measures in place, including proper monitoring and detection systems. Additionally, having a response plan in place for such incidents can help minimize downtime and mitigate potential damages.

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