Iranian Hacker Defaces International Weightlifting Federation Website

August 23, 2016


On August 18, 2016, Softpedia reported that Iranian hackers had defaced the website of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) in the wake of a controversial decision that saw Iranian weightlifter Behdad Salimikordasiabi lose the opportunity to win an Olympic medal. The weightlifter had broken the world record on his first try of the final for the +105 kg weight category with a 216 kg lift, and lifted 245 kg on his second try. While three judges approved the lift, they were overruled by game referees who said that his arms were not straight enough. On his third attempt, he was unable to lift, as he was tired from the previous attempts. After the incident, an Iranian hacker under the handle Master of Pain defaced the IWF website, replacing the homepage with a picture of the weightlifter in tears and the following message: “Keep your head up Behdad! God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldier.”

Source:, August 18, 2016