“IT’S CLEAR THAT SOMEONE IS GOING AFTER THEM”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 15, 2017) — On Tuesday morning, Terry Lakin Action Fund Trustee and owner of Enktesis.com Marco Ciavolino sent out an email to several parties relating that the server on which he manages more than 250 websites has come under increased cyber-attacks over the last few days.
Ciavolino has a background in general marketing communications which has included designing billboards, assembling trade show displays, and building websites from the “very simple” to the “very complex.” He now provides hosting, security and website management through two companies he owns. He has produced videos for numerous political campaigns as well as a video in which then-Lt. Col. Terry Lakin appeared in July 2010 asking that Barack Hussein Obama prove that he is a “natural born Citizen,” as is required by Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution.
“The Constitution matters; the truth matters,” Lakin concluded in the video after stating that he had “invited his own court-martial” by refusing to deploy to Afghanistan for a second time unless convinced of Obama’s eligibility.
During his 17 years in the Army, Lakin served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Central America and Bosnia as a flight surgeon, including to the unit led by Gen. George Casey. He was the recipient of numerous awards and commendations.
Three of the websites Ciavolino manages which are under attack are connected to Lakin, who was ultimately convicted at court-martial of “missing movement,” subsequently spending five months in Fort Leavenworth. In addition, he forfeited all pay, benefits, and his Army service with a dishonorable discharge.
During the “discovery” phase leading up to the court-martial, Lakin was denied access to Obama’s original birth records purportedly held by Hawaii state officials and told by the presiding military judge, Col. Denise Lind, that something in the document could prove “embarrassing” to Obama.
After his release from Leavenworth in May 2011, Lakin published a book about his experience and eventually opened a private medical practice in his home state of Colorado, where he continues to practice.
In recent weeks, his story was again brought into the public arena when a private citizen posted a petition at the White House website asking that Lakin receive a presidential pardon and reinstatement to the Army with back pay, benefits and rank.
Ciavolino has updated the Terry Lakin Action Fund website to reflect the new development:
Why Terry Lakin should be pardoned: The officer’s oath is to defend the constitution. Terry’s question was valid and when he first pursued the proof he sought he was repeatedly told to ignore the issue. After he chose to challenge Obama’s claims, the White House provided two documents, both of which have been proven to be fraudulent. Therefore, we are right where we started: No legally verifiable proof of Constitutional eligibility. Terry’s claim is valid, and proof is still absent. . CLICK HERE FOR PETITION INFORMATION.
Obama’s eligibility came into question in 2007 when MSNBC anchor and Obama supporter Chris Matthews claimed that Obama was “born in Indonesia,” as had The Honolulu Advertiser’s Will Hoover in January 2006. Previously, some reports had said Obama was born in Kenya.
The “natural born Citizen” clause of the Constitution is generally understood to mean that a foreign-born person who required naturalization upon coming to the United States is not eligible to the presidency. It is widely believed that the Framers placed the higher citizenship requirement on the nation’s chief executive so as to avoid any possibility of foreign influence.
As discovered by Breitbart in May 2012, in 1991, Obama’s first literary agent stated in a biographical sketch that Obama was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.” After Breitbart’s discovery was made public, the agent, Miriam Goderich, hastily claimed that she had made a “fact checking error” when preparing Obama’s life story for inclusion in the booklet, a claim Breitbart questioned in a subsequent article.
Obama claims he was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. However, a Certification of Live Birth, Certificate of Live Birth and Selective Service registration form bearing his name have been declared forgeries by credible sources.
The Certificate of Life Birth, or “long-form” birth certificate, was posted on the White House website on April 27, 2011 following Donald Trump’s demands that Obama proof he was constitutionally eligible to serve. In August of that year, a criminal investigation was launched by then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio through his Cold Case Posse led by Michael Zullo.
Within six months, Zullo and Arpaio announced that there was probable cause to believe that the image is a “computer-generated forgery.” Investigators also found Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form to be a “hard-copy” forgery.
Congress and the press refused to investigate.
In an interview on Tuesday afternoon regarding the recent attempted website breaches, Ciavolino told The Post & Email, “Just today alone, there have been 400-some attacks to hack into the admin of my WordPress sites all over the world. It goes on continuously.”
Ciavolino said that he took special precautions to protect the websites associated with Lakin’s name.
He further elucidated:
I have everything locked down, with additional measures on his sites which block a range of other nefarious attacks. Then I watch “redirects,” which are basically bad new sequels that are submitted to the site, which is the way a lot of sites are hacked.
I look at Terry’s site fairly frequently, and over the last couple of days, the type of incorrect urls is almost hilarious. It’s obvious that someone was trying every possible way to get information from the site.
There were a couple of vectors. When you do a system backup on a Linux system, there are standard names for backup files. So people were looking for those, because if they can download a backup, then they can immediately have access to all kinds of information and specifically, the configuration files.
So that’s one thing: to try to get a file that will somehow yield information.
The second type of attack — and there are seven of them here right in a row — is people who try to submit a url string with a known way to hack the site if things aren’t updated. I’m looking at it right here, these strings, where someone has tried to execute a sequel query on the site to get some information from it. It’s amazing.
The Post & Email asked Ciavolino if hack attempts were noted prior to the posting of the Lakin petition on January 21, to which he responded:
It was quiet for a long time, but since we became active again, there have been more and more hack attempts on the site. There were a ton of them this morning.
With WordPress and Joomla, for example, there are known exploits if your site is not up-to-date or you’re not running the right tools. All they have to do is either try to create an admin user for themselves or obtain your config php file or your hp exif file. In Joomla it would be the config.php file so that they can see your database logins and everything. Or they could get into an FTP site.
The types of attacks I’m seeing the last few days are highly unusual. I don’t normally see these kinds of attacks on my Joomla sites at all. It’s clear that someone is going after them. For instance, in the last three, someone was trying to access WordPress functions. Then there’s a whole string here where someone tried to run a query against the database to get some information back. There’s another one where people are trying to force some type of login. People were trying desperately to download some kind of backup of the site. There were a whole bunch of them trying to get database backups of the site.
The reason they’re going after these sites is not that they care about the content, but they want access to the server. They will typically bury really hard-to-find directories in your site that have thousands of files and use them as either relays or distribution points for launching certain types of attacks. Many times you would not even know your site has been exploited. The second motive is purely malicious: they want to take your site down. The third type of exploit is what you’ve seen in the news: for government and corporate sites, they want to change the site and put their own message there.
I have not seen attacks of this intensity and sophistication on any of my Joomla sites before. Having worked with sites for years now, if people are doing this to my sites, what it means that there are millions of little websites all over the country that are hacked, and there is no way for people to even know.
“Do you think it’s anyone from the government?” we asked, to which he responded, “I doubt it.”
On Tuesday, an advertisement was published in The Washington Times asking readers to sign the Lakin petition.
In a January 29 interview, Ciavolino noted that he found that the normal security certificates which should have been in place at whitehouse.gov were “invalid and revoked,” which could have caused a delay before incoming signatures are posted.
Some readers have reported signing the petition as many as five or six times and never receiving the necessary email link to confirm their signature.
During Obama’s first term, The Post & Email came under constant DDOS and other attacks and this writer received numerous death threats which were reported to law enforcement.
Cyber-attacks can be reported online to the FBI.