Vitali Klitschko deepfake fools several mayors in video chat

A deepfake Vitali Klitschko deceived several majors after speaking via video chat via an impostor.

Klitschko, the major of Kyiv and currently defending his city from Russia, has his image used in a FaceTime scam.

Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey spoke to ‘Klitschko’ for 30 minutes before she realized and an official announcement followed from the chancellery.

Deepfake by Vitali Klitschko

“There was no evidence that the videoconference was not conducted with a real person. Apparently this is deeply false. The LKA Berlin, state security, is on [to it],” they said.

Berlin added that the exchange between the person behind the fake and Giffey had raised concerns.

“The course of the conversation and the setting up of the topic aroused suspicion on the Berlin side.”

Berlin Chancellery

The mayors of Vienna and Madrid both spoke to Vitali Klitschko’s deepfake, with the former Michael Ludwig failing to voice the contrived nature throughout the call.

Klitschko’s brother Wladimir sounded the alarm to more people when he retweeted warnings from several town halls.

Vitali received worldwide praise for his efforts in fighting the war in Ukraine after taking up arms alongside President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

lennox lewis

Recently, on the 19th anniversary of his fight against Lennox Lewis, his former rival paid tribute to his heroism.

“Normally on June 21 I would do an anniversary post of my fight with @vitaliyklitschko, but today I just want to say hello.

“He is in the biggest fight of his life, and the sacrifices he has made to serve his fellow Ukrainians is not only commendable, it is admirable.

“It takes a lot of courage to step into a boxing ring, and as fighters we know that every fight could be our last, but the courage to defend your country and fellow citizens like yourself takes another level of courage and courage. ‘love. .

“So on this June 21, I salute you, my friend Vitaly.

“May God keep you safe and grant you peace, love and happiness. Bless!”

Lewis vs. Klitschko took place in 2003 at the Staples Center [now Crypto Arena] in Los Angeles, California. Klitschko got the better of Lewis for long stretches before a cut ended the fight mid-round.

Taking the fight short, Lewis later admitted that he hadn’t researched how good his opponent was at the time.

“Dr. Ironfist” would reign as a two-time WBC heavyweight champion in a standout Hall of Fame career.

WBN editor Phil has over ten years experience in boxing news. Follow World Boxing News on Facebook @officialworldboxingnews and Twitter @worldboxingnews.