Probably deceptively real: the British Foreign Secretary falls for a fake call

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British Foreign Secretary David Cameron received a fake video call from someone posing as former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. “A series of text messages” were exchanged.

A short video call also took place, the British news agency PA reported, citing the Foreign Office in London. While the video call clearly appeared to be with Mr Poroshenko, the minister subsequently became suspicious, PA quoted a ministry statement on Friday evening. Contact details were requested and given his concerns, the Minister of Foreign Affairs did not respond further.

British people want to point out danger
The department has since investigated the matter and confirmed that the messages and video call were false. They would make the matter public if the video call was manipulated and exploited. They also wanted to point out the risk.

The minister regrets his mistake and believes it is important to increase awareness and do more to combat disinformation. Britain is one of Ukraine’s staunchest supporters in its defense against Russia’s war of aggression.

Not the first case
Hoax calls have been reported several times. For example, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni fell prey to a fake call from Russia last winter, which was behind the Russian duo Vowan and Lexus. The mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig (SPÖ), had previously fallen for this. In the summer of 2022, he got the impression that he was having a telephone conversation with the mayor of Kiev, Vitaly Klitschko.

Source: Krone

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