Related Entities in Maltego

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Related Entities in Maltego

What is a related entity in Maltego? In this chapter we will explore the deeper functions of Maltego through related entities.

Returning to our previous example, we were able to extract a large number of emails from a single domain. After this has been completed, try selecting an individual email entity. Right-clicking will reveal a list of entities and details you can search for using the email addresses.

In Maltego, you can also relate entities to one another. This allows us to perform more specific searches for other pieces of information. Let’s try an example using related entities. Load a person and domain element into satellite view and load the values “Bill Gates” and “Microsoft.com” respectively. Simply drag a line from the person to the domain element to create a relation. A menu will appear to confirm the details. After you have manually related this entity, you can search for more specific information on the entity via the right-click menu.

You may be wondering how to get comfortable with the Maltego interface after using it for some time. One common complaint is that the satellite view gets cluttered with too many elements after a while. If this is a problem for you, simply scroll the mouse wheel to zoom in and out of satellite view. Sometimes you will need to move the entire screen in order to see other parts of the view. You can move the entire view by right clicking the background and dragging.

Maltego is a powerful tool for reconnaissance. However, it is not very difficult to use and is more natural once you get comfortable with the design and interface. Maltego can be used to gather a very wide range of information and information types on any sort of organization. In this next section we will further explore applications and concepts within Maltego.

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