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Part II - Mountain Computers using Rapid7 DNS open data sets in SQL for primary Internet research

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by Mountain Computers Inc, Publication Date: Saturday, December 3, 2022

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Well the data gods came back from Rapid7 and said my use case was not in line with their new organizational direction. Oh well, at least they were nice about. Time to find another data source for DNS website performance analysis and testing. Ugh, basically, Rapid7 rescinded my library card with them for no wrong doing. It's okay. I totally see their new direction and its nice.
Anyone have any suggestions for a new A DNS record set, please let me know (click here).
REF 1: https://insight.rapid7.com/login 
REF 2: https://docs.rapid7.com/
afterthought, Rapid7 did mention something that I did run into while collecting data and analyzing it -- hacked websites had a specific signature that we noticed. that might fall in reference to their requirement of " The data must be used for cybersecurity purposes that improve security outcomes." While that was not our objective and outcomes, it was noticed quite easily in pattern matching of our goals and outcomes. Just saying. ;-)

more to come...

From: Developer Support, Mountain Computers Inc
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 5:43 PM
To: 'Open Data Requests'
Subject: RE: (10707) - Mountain Computers Inc. / GoGreen PC Tune-Up™ request for access to Rapid7 DNS AAA data

Hi David,

I appreciate Rapid7’s re-consideration for my organizations access.

All the Best and Happy Holidays!


 From: Open Data Requests <opendata@r7security.zendesk.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 8:28 AM
To: Developer Support, Mountain Computers Inc <developersupport@mountaincomputers.org>
Subject: RE: (10707)


Rapid7 Information Security Team

Your request has been updated. To add additional comments, reply to this email.

David Beaver (Rapid7 Security)

Nov 30, 2022, 11:28 EST

Hi Andy, 
Unfortunately, your use case falls outside of our current construct for access. 


Developer Support, Mountain Computers Inc

Nov 28, 2022, 21:09 EST

Hello Tod,

When Rapid7 datasets were available, I was most thankful. I could have done this on my own with my company yet your datasets were more well respected since our company was so young.

Our goal was to research vast random amounts of domains and website content to determine things that fell within our goals for search optimization and performance of meta-tag placements. My goal was to determine where meta-tags if existing were optimized and streamlined. The link below exemplifies this.


While my research is independent in nature and it now falls within the Green Software Foundation mission and vision forth which I have not been recognized yet. My hope is that they recognize my work in the future. My independent research with Rapid7 datasets is NOT part of my GoGreen PC Tune-Up™ software forthwith that I use to optimize and streamline computers en-mass in all environments.

Please re-consider my free access to Rapid7 datasets for research per your terms below.

Thank you,



Tod Beardsley (Rapid7 Security)

Nov 28, 2022, 16:17 EST

Hello Mountain Computers Inc,
We license our datasets for use in commercial products and services under certain guidelines. David Beaver, who directs Rapid7's Strategic Alliances program is CC'ed on this message, and can help determine if the data is a good fit and provide pricing and licensing information.
In order to manage everyone's expectations I want to share the following general guidelines that we apply to our commercial agreements:

·         The data must be used for cybersecurity purposes that improve security outcomes. 

·         It cannot be used in security products or services that attack or cause harm. 

·         It cannot be used for non-security purposes such as marketing.

·         The data cannot be redistributed or resold in bulk.

·         Sharing data about assets (domains, IPs, etc) with owners and/or controllers of those assets is fine.

·         Incorporating the data into machine learning algorithms is fine.

·         Sharing summary (non-asset specific, privacy protecting) or significantly enriched portions of data is generally fine.

·         All licensees of the data are required to sign a commercial terms of service agreement which includes provisions related to protecting the data and limiting negative privacy impacts related to the data.

You can find more details and discussion about the recent changes to how we share Open Data datasets in our blog post here: 

Thank you!


Tod Beardsley (Rapid7 Security)

Nov 28, 2022, 16:17 EST

Request #10714 "Andy Flagg, Mountain Computers I..." was closed and merged into this request. Last comment in request #10714:

Thank you.


Developer Support, Mountain Computers Inc

Nov 21, 2022, 21:19 EST

Dear Rapid7 Open Data Initiative,

I am happy to see you are increasing your discretionary release of DNS open data sets. I would hope my email would allow me to continue to download datasets.

For legitimate public research projects, we have a new submission process so you can request access to the Project Sonar data sets for a limited time and subject to conditions for sharing your findings to advance the public good. Please email opendata@rapid7.com for more information or to make a submission.

My most recent post - https://www.mountaincomputers.org/myBlog/myBlog.asp?mode=view&id=1737

Thank you,

Andy Flagg, MBA/TM, BS Computer Systems Engineering

Owner and Advocate, Developer Support – Mountain Computers Inc

(work) 775-287-9552, yet don’t leave message the message box is full of good stuff every day.

(mobile) 775-622-5306


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