Introduction to Maltego


In this section we will dive deeper into using the reconnaissance tool, Maltego. As we discussed earlier, Maltego contains many features that are often found separate in online reconnaissance web applications. Another benefit of Maltego is that it runs natively on your machine, providing greater privacy while avoiding the security pitfalls of a web application. Maltego is just for reconnaissance and gathering information, it cannot be used to compromise anything or for doing anything malicious. You can find a copy of Maltego online for every OS, but some operating systems provide greater operational security as well as built-in reconnaissance applications and features. Some operating systems, like Kali, actually include Maltego by default as well as many other useful cybersecurity tools.

There are multiple editions of the software available, but Maltego CE (Community Edition) is completely free and sufficient for the purposes of this course. You will notice that the website includes a few options for your operating system: Linux, Mac OS, and Windows. For the purposes of simplicity and demonstration the Windows version of Maltego will be used. After opening Maltego for the first time you will need to create an account to use the program. This is a very simple and standard process that involves entering your name, email, and carrying out the typical e-mail verification process. Once you have registered an account with Maltego, you will be able to log in to the program on any other device or operating system. You will not, however, be able to use paid editions on the same or separate devices until you have purchased a paid edition. It’s important that you verify that you download the correct version of the software for the architecture of your computer. A 32-bit system would use the x32 download and the x64 respectively for a 64-bit system.

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