ChatGPT Data Breach Confirmed as Security Firm Warns of Vulnerable Component Exploitation

ChatGPT, a popular mobile messaging app, confirmed on Friday that it suffered from a data breach after security researchers warned that exploitation of a vulnerable component could have exposed user data.

ChatGPT Breach Details
ChatGPT said in a statement that the breach affected data stored in its U.S. datacenter and that it has taken steps to secure its systems. The company declined to provide any details, but researchers said the exposed information included user names, email addresses and hashed passwords.

ChatGPT said it has informed and communicated with affected users and is “fully committed to the privacy of our users.” It also recommends that users change their passwords.

Security Firm Warning
Security firm Cybereason reported on Wednesday that a vulnerable component in the ChatGPT application framework was likely exploited by attackers to gain access to sensitive user information. The flaw, which impacted tens of millions of users, was discovered in an ongoing investigation when Cybereason researchers analyzed the company’s IT environment.

Cybereason said the attackers used a malicious bot called “YmjscBot” to scan for vulnerable components and gain access to user data. It’s unclear at this point who was behind the attack or if any user data was actually exfiltrated.

Securing Users’ Data
ChatGPT said it has taken steps to ensure the security of its users’ data, including the implementation of two-factor authentication and end-to-end encryption. It also said it is working with cybersecurity experts to investigate the incident and that it is “committed to the privacy of our users.”

But security experts warn that while two-factor authentication is a step in the right direction, it isn’t enough to protect user data. End-to-end encryption is a more secure option, they say, and users should be encouraged to use it.

Call to Action
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