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OpenAI invites 4,500 hackers for a bug bounty hunt

Concerning the recent cyber-attack on OpenAI ChatGPT, where 100,000 credentials were hijacked and sold on the dark web, the creators of ChatGPT have taken a revolutionary step to sort out the issue.

The organization has launched a bug bounty hunting program, inviting over 4,500 enthusiastic ethical hacking hunters to identify the vulnerabilities in their public-facing technology. ChatGPT, with this initiative, has managed to turn the whole of Silicon Valley into a battleground for hackers around the globe—all the 4,500 white-hat hackers will investigate the systems of ChatGPT in search of lurking bugs. But there is a catch to this whole process. The hackers can only identify the bugs that exist in the public-facing technology and not in the brain of the AI itself.

Rules of engagement

The ethical hacker involved in this hunt is to follow a set of specific rules to complete the mission. The goal of the hackers is to expose the vulnerabilities in the auxiliary system, the cloud resources, plugins, and third-party services connections and not in the AI’s code. In short, OpenAI is challenging these ethical hackers to pry into their technical infrastructure while they shield the AI brain, which is the heart of ChatGPT.

Learning opportunity

While most organizations around the globe see this as a strategic move, Bugcrowd, a crowdsourced security platform, views this from a different angle. The organization considers this an opportunity for the ethical hacking community to learn and equip themselves with real-time, hands-on experience. This hunt has opened a gateway where numerous hacking enthusiasts responded to the call and invested their time in this hunt.

An initiative with a reward

OpenAI has not just initiated the bug bounty hunt but has also made sure to reward the hackers with attractive price money offers throughout the quest for every discovery. A reward money of $20,000 is to be given to the hacker for every bug that is exposed. This has led to an overwhelming response from the hacking community to participate in this bug bounty hunt.


The bold move that OpenAI has taken is making waves throughout the cybersecurity world. OpenAI is committed to ensuring it launches a bug-free and secure system for its users. At the same time, it still inclusively paves the way for ethical hackers to collaborate in building a secure digital future.


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