The hacking group Anonymous Sudan has taken responsibility for several recent outages of ChatGPT, a popular AI chatbot. The group has declared its intention to continue these cyberattacks until ChatGPT addresses what they perceive as “dehumanizing views of Palestinians.” The outages, including a notable 40-minute downtime on December 13, have been part of the group’s broader campaign against perceived biases in AI technologies and their creators.
Anonymous Sudan’s actions are not solely directed at OpenAI, the developer of ChatGPT. They have also targeted the company due to its alleged cooperation with Israel and the relationship of OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, with the country. The group accuses ChatGPT of bias against Palestine and in favor of Israel and expresses concerns about Israel potentially using AI to develop weapons that could oppress Palestinians.
The group’s techniques primarily involve denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, which flood services with synthetic traffic but are unlikely to breach internal networks. This series of attacks reflects a growing trend of politically motivated cyber activities targeting major tech companies.
While the motivations of Anonymous Sudan are multifaceted, ranging from combating Islamophobia to targeting pro-Israel organizations, there is also speculation about its connections to other hacking groups, such as the pro-Russian group Killnet. This situation underscores the increasing complexity and global nature of cybersecurity threats, particularly those with political or ideological motivations.
Source: Business Insider