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The Morning After: OpenAI's week of security issues

Published by Engadget on Fri, 05 Jul 2024


Perhaps unsurprisingly, July 4th was a quiet day for news, but we've still got editorials on e-ink writing, the most-delayed video game ever and more bad news from the makers of ChatGPT.Earlier this week, engineer and Swift developer Pedro Jos Pereira Vieito dug into OpenAI's Mac ChatGPT app and found that it was storing user conversations locally in plain text, rather than encrypting them. Because that app is only available from OpenAI's website, and since it's not available on the App Store, it doesn't have to follow Apple's sandboxing requirements. OpenAI released an update that added encryption to locally stored chats.Then, more bad news stemmed from issues in 2023. Last spring, a hacker obtained information about OpenAI after illicitly accessing the company's internal messaging systems. The New York Times reported that OpenAI technical program manager Leopold Aschenbrenner raised security concerns, arguing that the hack implied internal vulnerabilities.Aschenbrenner now says he was fired for disclosing information about OpenAI and for surfacing security concerns. A representative from OpenAI told The Times that 'while we share his commitment to building safe A.G.I., we disagree with many of the claims he has since made about our work' and added that his exit was not the result of whistleblowing.It adds to an increasingly messy impression of how the company's oversight and practices can be behind those closed corporate doors.' Mat SmithThe biggest stories you might have missedFinding the joy in writing again with the Supernote NomadFTC warns some PC manufacturers that they're violating right to repair rulesThe most-delayed video game in history is finally available' on the Game Boy Advance''You can get these reports delivered daily direct to your inbox. Subscribe right here!Texas court blocks ban on noncompete agreementsIt sided with plaintiffs, which were, of course, companies.The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) ban on noncompete agreements was supposed to take effect on September 4, but a Texan court has postponed its implementation. "Noncompete clauses keep wages low, suppress new ideas, and rob the American economy of dynamism," FTC Chair Lina M. Khan said when the rule was announced. So, surprise, a lot of companies are unhappy with the agency's rule. Dallas tax services firm Ryan LLC sued the FTC hours after its announcement. But the Chamber of Commerce's chief counsel Daryl Joseffer called the ban an attempt by the government to micromanage business decision.Continue reading.How to pick the best Bluetooth speaker for youThe best speakers in each category.EngadgetPicking a portable Bluetooth speaker can be tough. With so many options, finding the right mix of sound quality, durability, and portability is key. We tested dozens of speakers to help you choose, focusing on versatile portable speakers, not smart speakers. We've identified top performers for different needs, whether you want strong bass, long battery life, or a tough build.Continue reading.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/the-morning-after-openais-week-of-security-issues-111545506.html'src=rss
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