OpenAI will pay for reporting vulnerabilities in ChatGPT

The company has launched a Bug Bounty Program offering rewards up to $20,000 for the discovery of vulnerabilities in its AI systems.

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OpenAI announced its Bug Bounty Program to develop safe and advanced AI, inviting ethical hackers to look for bugs in a range of OpenAI functions and frameworks—including the communication streams that share data from the organization with other third-party providers. The rewards range from $200 for low-severity findings to up to $20,000 for exceptional discoveries.

According to Bugcrowd—the site where users can sign up to OpenAI’s bounty project— 14 vulnerabilities have already been identified by users at the time of writing, with the average payout sitting at $1,287.50.

The move to make OpenAI’s ‘technology safer for everyone’ comes after its headline product, ChatGPT, was banned in Italy over safety concerns. The issue has prompted questions over its regulation by other European countries, echoing the open letter signed by thousands of people—including Tesla’s Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak—calling for a temporary ban on advanced large language development.