HD Moore and Metasploit go to Rapid7

This is most likely not breaking news to anyone in the InfoSec community, as it came out last week. However I thought it might be of interest to those who live under a rock and have yet to hear.

So its true, HD Moore and Metasploit have been acquired by Rapid7. Oh no I hear you cry, bye bye to the awesomeness of opensource Metasploit. Well apparently not (and I hope its true), its my understanding that Metasploit will continue to have the Opensource side of the project we know and love. I am not sure how much of a reflection this will have to the Rapid7 NeXpose offering that they are looking to enhance with this acquisition, I am sure time will tell.

Personally, HD Moore has always come across as a great guy, and I wish him all the best to him and his family, and any of the other guys that are fortunate enough to be involved. Of course I also have a selfish side, so I do home we continue to be able to benefit from opensource Metasploit, and it continues to grow and develop.

October 21, 2009

I’m extremely pleased to announce Rapid7’s acquisition of Metasploit, the leading open source penetration testing framework and world’s largest database of public, tested exploits. We believe the acquisition deepens our leadership as the leading provider of vulnerability management, compliance and penetration testing solutions and will provide great value for our customers and partners.

As a result of the acquisition, we will leverage Metasploit technology to enhance our vulnerability management solution, Rapid7 NeXposeTM. At the same time we will not only maintain, but accelerate the open source framework Metasploit with dedicated resources and contributions. I’m also pleased to announce that HD Moore, the founder of Metasploit, will be joining Rapid7 full-time as Chief Architect of Metasploit and Chief Security Officer of Rapid7.

Mike Tuchen,
President & CEO, Rapid7

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