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OpenAI breach in 2023 raises national security concerns

By Steve Zurier for SC Media
Friday, July 5, 2024

OpenAI’s executives did not share the news with the public because no information about customers or partners were stolen and the execs believed the hacker was a private individual with no known ties to foreign governments, said the sources. The company also did not share the incident with the FBI or anyone else in law enforcement.

“While the details of the alleged incident are not yet confirmed by OpenAI, there’s a strong possibility that the incident actually took place and is not the only one,” said Ilia Kolochenko, chief executive officer at ImmuniWeb. “The global AI race has become a matter of national security for many countries, therefore, state-backed cybercrime groups and mercenaries are aggressively targeting AI vendors, from talented startups to tech giants like Google or OpenAI.”

Kolochenko said the hackers mostly focus their efforts on the theft of valuable intellectual property including technological research and know-how, LLM models, sources of training data, as well as commercial information such as AI vendors’ clients and novel use of AI across different industries.

“More sophisticated cyber-threat actors may also implant stealthy backdoors to continually control breached AI companies, and to be able to suddenly disrupt or even shut down their operations, similar to the large-scale hacking campaigns targeting critical national infrastructure in Western countries recently,” said Kolochenko. Read Full Article

Previous Media Publications:

The Independent: OpenAI breached by hacker in 2023 – report

Evening Standard: OpenAI breached by hacker in 2023 – report

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