OpenAI resolves periodic ChatGPT and API outages caused by DDoS attacks

OpenAI resolved the periodic outages, as detailed in the company’s latest incident report, which reflected an abnormal traffic pattern due to a DDoS attack earlier today.

Screenshot from OpenAI, November 2023

OpenAI implemented a fix for the incident yesterday and has been monitoring periodic outages.

ChatGPT and API outage related to a DDoS attack against OpenAI

The DDoS attack was reportedly claimed by Anonymous Sudan.

The group posted several updates on its Telegram channel, celebrating with screenshots of various error messages from ChatGPT and offering reasons for the attack.

OpenAI resolves periodic ChatGPT and API outages caused by DDoS attacksScreenshot from Telegram, November 2023

The issues were initially linked to new features recently released via the OpenAI platform on DevDay.

Coincidentally, the incident was resolved shortly after this update about custom GPTs.

ChatGPT error messages

As a result of the periodic outages, ChatGPT users received various error messages throughout the day related to high demand and bad gateways.

chatgpt outageScreenshot from ChatGPT, November 2023

Some bugs prevented logged out users from logging in.

OpenAI resolves periodic ChatGPT and API outages caused by DDoS attacksScreenshot from ChatGPT, November 2023

Others simply block users from accessing ChatGPT.

OpenAI resolves periodic ChatGPT and API outages caused by DDoS attacksScreenshot from ChatGPT, November 2023

Users trying to create new custom GPTs also encountered multiple error messages.

OpenAI resolves periodic ChatGPT and API outages caused by DDoS attacksScreenshot from ChatGPT, November 2023

External sources confirm the outages

Downdetector displays multiple outage reports on the ChatGPT website and app over the past 24 hours.

OpenAI resolves periodic ChatGPT and API outages caused by DDoS attacksScreenshot from Downdetector, November 2023

Checkhost has noticed an outage across OpenAI globally.

OpenAI resolves periodic ChatGPT and API outages caused by DDoS attacksScreenshot from Check Host, November 2023

Second outage on November 8

Earlier, at 5:42 AM PT, there was a major outage in ChatGPT and the API.

OpenAI resolves periodic ChatGPT and API outages caused by DDoS attacksScreenshot from OpenAI, November 2023

Initial outage on November 7th

The problems started the night before, on November 7, when the partial power outage began.

Openai incident report on November 7 due to chatgpt api outageScreenshot from OpenAI, November 2023

The OpenAI engineering team responded immediately and implemented a series of fixes to resolve the issues.

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OpenAI maintains 99% uptime

This incident represents a rare disruption to OpenAI’s normally reliable services.

Openai outage for the last three monthsScreenshot from OpenAI, November 2023

The OpenAI engineering team’s quick response typically reduces the duration of such outages, but the event highlights the complexities inherent in maintaining large-scale AI services.

Resolution for this Blackouts The futures will be particularly relevant to those who rely heavily on established AI tools for content creation, data analysis, and automated customer service.

The power of these systems is critical to the smooth operation of your online marketing and engagement strategies.

For those who rely on AI-driven tools, OpenAI’s outages are a reminder of the importance of contingency plans in the event of an unexpected downtime.

The downside of ChatGPT alternatives

Fortunately, when ChatGPT is disabled, users have other options to choose from.

However, when ChatGPT users moved to alternatives like Google Bard, they found that it faced issues.

Claude.ai users also reported an outage earlier today.


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