A fraudster pretended to be the mayor of Kyiv, the leaders of several European capitals, including Budapest
Bild has obtained e-mail correspondence between the Madrid city administration and the pseudo-Klitschko, which reveals that the fraudster logged in with the e-mail address “[email protected]” and then the official Ukrainian government addresses “gov Have a “.ua” ending. No one in the Madrid mayor’s office checked to see if it was an official email address.
The pseudo-Klitschko appeared in the video conference in a sweater and jacket, even though he was 30 degrees Celsius in Kiev at the time of the conversation.
The deepfake pseudo-Klicsko was able to use an April Klicsko video, also available on YouTube.
The fraudster asked the Berlin city council if he could speak Russian with an interpreter.
Klitschko, although he speaks Russian well, uses the Ukrainian language in his official statements. Fluent in both English and German
he lived in Hamburg for many years during his professional boxing career.
During the conversation with the mayor of Berlin, more and more became suspects, eventually Franziska Giffey interrupted the video conference. The Ukrainian Embassy in Berlin then informed them: the mayor of Kiev did not negotiate with his colleague in Berlin.
Later, the real Klicsko also logged in and drew attention, only the official channels actuallyhe also noted that he did not need an interpreter in English and German.
The Berlin city administration posted on Twitter on Friday that it is certainly a deepfake fake.
In this case, the videoconferencing may not be used as a person. All Anschein nach handelt es sich um Deep Fake. The CIA Berlin, State Agency, is a member of the State Council. https://t.co/SWgvn9JRNR
– Senatskanzlei (Berlin) June 24, 2022
Christmas Gergely The mayor of Budapest posted on his Facebook page on Saturday night that he was also called by the pseudo-Klicsko.
“Recently, like my colleagues in the mayor of Berlin, Madrid, and Vienna, I was called by the mayor of Kiev, Vitaly Klitschko — more precisely, someone who looked and spoke exactly like him. Because the request for the video call came from an email address using the domain of the Kiev mayor’s office, and since we had previously been in contact with the Kiev mayor’s office, we had no reason to suspect. Although there was a relevant discussion on the war against Ukraine and refugees for most of the call, several strange, suspiciously provocative questions were raised near the end of the call, which is why I ended the call much earlier than planned. After consulting my colleagues with the Kiev mayor’s office, it was later confirmed that fraud had taken place, ”wrote Gergely Karácsony.
He added: “I am officially informing the Minister overseeing the Hungarian secret services and asking the City Diplomacy Group of the Mayor’s Cabinet to explore the details of the professional deepfake technology in consultation with the Embassy of Ukraine, the Hungarian national security services and other relevant European cities.”
And you’ll be talking to the real Vitaly Klitschko in a video call soon
– the leader of Budapest closed his position.
In the middle of March Volodymyr Zelensky Ukrainian president made a fake video, released Ukraine’s arms layoff in a set. Videos made with artificial intelligence are becoming more and more similar to videos as technology advances, making it increasingly difficult to distinguish the real from the fake.
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