ChatGPT is currently on everyone’s lips. But now the creators of the AI ​​software had to admit a data breach. Because at the beginning of the week ChatGPT published conversation histories of random users.

The popular AI software ChatGPT is currently on the rise. In January, the tool broke the one million user mark in just five days. Experts estimate that the number of monthly active users could now be around one million.

But as is so often the case on the Internet, with a large number of users, the first data breach is not far away. Users are said to have been shown old chat histories from other users.

What is behind the data breach at ChatGPT?

At the beginning of the week, the first users noticed that ChatGPT shows previous conversations in their chat histories. However, these did not belong to their own and apparently came from other users.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has now confirmed the data breach on Twitter. “We feel terrible about it,” he wrote in a tweet.

Accordingly, a “small percentage” of users were able to view the chat history of others. This was a “significant issue” that arose due to a bug in an open source library. The correction is now complete.

Why is such a breakdown possible?

Since ChatGPT acts as a chatbot, the platform archives all past conversations. You can imagine this as being similar to a messenger, in which old chat histories can also be viewed.

In order to fix the error in the open source library, OpenAI apparently had to remove Monday’s chat histories. As OpenAI CEO Sam Altman writes, users “cannot access their chat histories from Monday 1 a.m. PDT to Monday 10 a.m. PDT”.

Has personal data also been published?

Altman goes on to tweet that the company will release more details in a “technical postmortem.” Until the issue is finally resolved, the chat history view feature is suspended.

It is not yet clear whether personal data of users has been published. According to Altmann, however, only the “titles” of the chat histories ended up with other users.

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