High-Tech Bridge

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High-Tech Bridge
Industry Application Security
Founded 2007 (2007)
Founder Ilia Kolochenko
Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland
Area served
North America
Key people
Ilia Kolochenko (CEO)[1]
William Weber (CFO)
Stéphane Koch (Vice President)
Marsel Nizamutdinov (CTO)
Products ImmuniWeb On-Demand
ImmuniWeb Continuous
ImmuniWeb Mobile
Services Web Application Security, Mobile Application Testing
Number of employees
Website www.htbridge.com

High-Tech Bridge SA is a web security company based in Geneva, Switzerland with a branch office in San Francisco (CA). Founded in December 2007, as a network security and penetration testing company, High-Tech Bridge was named by Frost & Sullivan's research as an industry leader and best service provider among ethical hacking and penetration testing companies in Europe.[2]

At InfoSecurity Europe 2014, High-Tech Bridge officially launched its online ImmuniWeb application security testing platform,[3] based on the concept of hybrid web security assessment, which combines manual penetration testing and managed vulnerability scanning in real-time.[4] Prior to the official launch, ImmuniWeb Demo platform was tested by Graham Cluley[5] and other security experts.[6]

High-Tech Bridge Security Research Team has released over 500 security advisories[7] affecting various software, with issues identified in products from many well-known vendors, such as Sony,[8] McAfee[9] Novell,[10] in addition to many web vulnerabilities affecting popular open source and commercial web applications, such as osCommerce,[11] Zen Cart,[12] Microsoft SharePoint, SugarCRM and others.

The company is listed among 81 organizations, as at August 2013, that include CVE identifiers in their security advisories.[13]


High-Tech Bridge was founded by Ilia Kolochenko, Swiss web application security expert, Forbes Technology Council member,[14] contributing editor to SC Magazine UK, Dark Reading and CSO Online. Ilia also lectures on cyber crime at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Western Switzerland.

In August 2012, High-Tech Bridge's Security Research Lab was registered as CVE and CWE compatible by MITRE.[15] This registration was followed in June 2013 with ImmuniWeb achieving CVE and CWE compatible status,[16][17] making High-Tech Bridge one of only 24 organizations, globally, and the first in Switzerland, that have been able to achieve CWE certification.

In November 2013, International Telecommunication Union and High-Tech Bridge agreed to use ImmuniWeb as a part of ITU's toolset for ensuring that the websites of ITU Member States are secure.[18]

In July 2015 High-Tech Bridge and PricewaterhouseCoopers Switzerland announced a strategic partnership [19] based around ImmuniWeb's web penetration testing, continuous monitoring and vulnerability assessment capabilities. The partnership was afterward expanded to other PwC global offices, including PwC Singapore.[20]

ImmuniWeb® Application Security Platform[edit]

High-Tech Bridge introduced the concept of real-time hybrid web application security testing with the announcement of ImmuniWeb web security platform[21] in August 2013.[22]

ImmuniWeb's hybrid approach combines managed vulnerability assessment in parallel with manual web application penetration test. By including a manual element into security assessment process, the hybrid approach seeks to eliminate false-positives, increase testing accuracy, and detect complicated web vulnerabilities that are missed by automated vulnerability scanning vendors.[23]

Each ImmuniWeb assessment uses real penetration testers in conjunction with the managed vulnerability scanning.[24]

Security Research[edit]

Free Services and Related Research[edit]

High-Tech Bridge launched an SSL/TLS configuration testing tool in October 2015.[25] The tool can validates email, web or any other TLS or SSL server configuration against NIST guidelines and checks PCI DSS compliance, it was cited in articles covering the TalkTalk data breach.[26][27]

Web Vulnerability and Privacy Research[edit]

The discovery of vulnerabilities in Yahoo! sites by High-Tech Bridge was widely reported,[28][29] leading to the t-shirt gate affair and changes in Yahoo's bug bounty program. High-Tech Bridge identified and reported four XSS vulnerabilities on Yahoo! domains, for which the company was awarded two gift vouchers to the value of $25.[30][31][32][33] The sparse reward offered to security researchers for identifying vulnerabilities on Yahoo! was criticized, sparking what came to be called t-shirt-gate,[34] a campaign against Yahoo! sending out T-shirts as thanks for discovering vulnerabilities. High-Tech Bridge's discovery of these vulnerabilities and the subsequent criticism of Yahoo!'s reward program led to Yahoo! rolling out a new vulnerability reporting policy which offers between $150 and $15,000 for reported issues, based on pre-established criteria.[29][35]

In December 2013, High-Tech Bridge research[36] on privacy in popular social networks and email services was cited[37][38] in a class action lawsuit for allegedly violating its members' privacy by scanning private messages sent on the social network.

In October 2014 High-Tech Bridge discovered a Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities in PHP.[39]

In December 2014, High-Tech Bridge identified the RansomWeb attack,[40] a development of Ransomware attacks, where hackers have started taking over webs servers, encrypting the data on them and demanding payment to unlock the files.

In April 2014, the discovery[41] of a sophisticated Drive-by download attacks, revealed how drive-by download attacks are used to target specific website visitors after their authentication on a compromised web resource.

In December 2015, High-Tech Bridge tested the most popular free email service providers, for SSL/TLS email encryption.[42] Hushmail, previously considered as one of the most secure email providers, received a failing "F" grade. Just after, the company updated its SSL configuration and received a score of "B+".[43]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

High-Tech Bridge made the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Honor Roll five years in a row: 2012-2017.[44]

In March 2015, ImmuniWeb was recognized in Frost & Sullivan's 2015 Market Insight as being 'the most complete hybrid offering available'.[45]

In December 2015, High-Tech Bridge was included into the visiongain's "Top 100 Cybersecurity Companies to Watch in 2016”[46] report.

In April 2016, High-Tech Bridge was selected as a Red Herring Europe 2016 Winner.[47]

SC Media Reboot 2016 named ImmuniWeb an Industry Innovator in the Analysis and Testing category.[48]

In April 2017, Frost & Sullivan's research on machine learning in Application Security Testing (AST) recognized High-Tech Bridge as the most innovative player on AST marketplace, outperforming HPE and IBM Security.[49]

In May 2017, Gartner named High-Tech Bridge a Garter Cool Vendor in "Cool Vendors in Security for Midsize Enterprises, 2017" by Adam Hils. [50]

In June 2017, High-Tech Bridge was selected as the SC Awards Europe 2017 winner in "Best Emerging Technology" category.[51]

Organizational Memberships[edit]

High-Tech Bridge is a member of a number of security-related organizations, including:


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  7. ^ "Packet Storm - Files from High-Tech Bridge SA". PacketStorm.org. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Security Update Program for VAIO® Personal Computers". esupport.sony.com. Sony. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "McAfee Security Bulletin - McAfee MVT & ePO-MVT update fixes an "Escalation of Privileges" vulnerability". kc.mcafee.com. McAfee. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Security Vulnerability: GroupWise Client for Windows Remote Untrusted Pointer Dereference Vulnerability". www.novell.com. Novell. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Researchers at Swiss-based security firm High-Tech Bridge have identified serious vulnerabilities in several popular web applications". SecurityWeek. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Critical Zen Cart vulnerability could spell Black Friday disaster for online shoppers". BetaNews. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Organizations with CVE Identifiers in Advisories". 26 June 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
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  15. ^ "Product from High-Tech Bridge Now Registered as Officially "CWE-Compatible"". MITRE. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "1 Product from High Tech Bridge Now Registered as Officially "CWE-Compatible"". 26 June 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Web application scanner and vulnerability assessment service launched in beta". SC Magazine. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "ITU Telecom World 2013 sets agenda for far-reaching changes in ICT sector". Itu.int. 
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  24. ^ Cluley, Graham. "How ethical hackers found a (small) vulnerability on my website". Graham Cluley's Security Blog. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  25. ^ "Free PCI and NIST compliant SSL test". Help Net Security. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  26. ^ "TalkTalk boss receives ransom demand as massive customer data breach deepens". The Inquirer. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  27. ^ "TalkTalk CEO admits security fail, says hacker emailed ransom demand". The Register. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  28. ^ "Yahoo to pay up to $15,000 for bug finds after 't-shirt gate' scandal". 3 October 2013. 
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  30. ^ Rubenking, Neil J. (1 October 2013). "Yahoo Offers Sad Bug Bounty: $12.50 in Company Swag". PC Magazine. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  31. ^ Bilton, Ricardo (1 October 2013). "‘I reported a major Yahoo security vulnerability and all I got was this lousy T-shirt’". Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  32. ^ Frank, Blair Hanley (1 October 2013). "Researchers find critical vulnerabilities in Yahoo’s site, offered $12.50 per bug". Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  33. ^ Hackney, Steve (7 October 2013). "Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) Removes Bugs Identified By High Tech Bridge". Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  34. ^ Osborne, Charlie (3 October 2013). "Yahoo changes bug bounty policy following 't-shirt gate'". Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  35. ^ Martinez, Ramses (2 October 2013). "So I’m the guy who sent the t-shirt out as a thank you". Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  36. ^ "Social networks: can robots violate user privacy?". 
  37. ^ "Facebook sued for allegedly intercepting private messages". 
  38. ^ "Is Facebook spying on you?". CNBC. 
  39. ^ Brook, Chris. "PHP patches buffer overflow vulnerabilities". threatpost. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
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  42. ^ "Testing Your SSL Encryption Can Provide Important Security Insights". IBM Security Intelligence. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  43. ^ "High-Tech Bridge Grades Email Services on Security, Gives Fastmail Top Score". Talkin Cloud. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  44. ^ "2015 Honor Roll - OTA Members". 
  45. ^ Martin Hoff ter Heide. "The Rise of Hybrid Web Application Security Testing". www.frost.com. Retrieved 31 March 2015. (subscription required)
  46. ^ "Top 100 Cyber Security Companies: Ones to Watch in 2016". visiongain. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  47. ^ "2016 Top 100 Europe Winners". Red Herring. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  48. ^ "Reboot 2016". SC Magazine. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
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