New ‘hybrid war’ incident against Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev, perpetrators misuse Greta Thunberg`s identity


Several days ago there was a ‘hybrid attack’ against Macedonian PM’s office by perpetrators introduced themselves as Greta Thunberg and her father. As was revealed by Prime Minister’s special adviser, Marjan Zabrchanec, at the E-Society Conference organized by the Metamorphosis Foundation, ‘the attack’ i.e. the telephone conversation between PM Zoran Zaev and the people that introduced themselves as Greta and her father went through although, as Zabrchanec, the PM didn’t “buy” the alleged identity, but nevertheless decided to proceed with the conversation.

According to Zabrchanec, this attack was ‘even more sophisticated that the one conducted by the Russian pranksters’. He said that the attackers have called from ‘branded channels’ and were using an US phone number, but the investigation which lasted for several days has shown that it is a “hybrid attack”. Zabrchanec used this term to refer to a Hybrid warfare.

After the investigation the Thunberg family was notified. The conversation was scheduled through a Macedonian diplomatic mission.

The 16 year old Greta Thunberg is an environmental activist from Sweden on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition. On the 23rd of September she held an emotional speech at the Climate Summit at the UN’s Headquarters in New York during which she summoned the world leaders to take actions in order to stop climate change.

In February Greta Thunberg published a long post on Facebook where she explained how she started the #fridaysforfuture movement and the protests that she initiated herself by not going to school each Friday. Around 4 million people, mainly pupils went to protest in the cities where they live to protest and to demand from their governments to take measure against climate change.

In July this year, two Russian pranksters announced that during August 2018 and January and April 2019 managed to have lengthy phone conversations with PM Zaev, misrepresenting themselves as the then Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko.

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