How to Use Maltego for Reconnaissance

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How to Use Maltego for Reconnaissance

In this chapter we will explore how to further Maltego as a reconnaissance tool. After you have launched Maltego, you will be asked to enter your credentials and then be given the introduction screen. If you close the automatic wizard you will notice the topic specific reconnaissance options. For example, you can search specifically for topics like movies and Bitcoin. These options have to be manually added to the program, and some of them require payment while some do not.

Create a new file by clicking the new file icon at the top left corner of the program. Clicking this will create a new “investigation sheet”. After creating a new investigation sheet, you will notice a list of entity types on the left side of the page and a top-down satellite view on the right. Select the category that is most appropriate for your context and drag elements from the sidebar into the satellite view. From this list you can work with a wide range of entities including people, email addresses, phone numbers, and web domains.

By clicking these elements in satellite view, you can modify the values contained in the fields. Entering, for example, a domain into one of these entities will enable a wide range of options. Try entering and then right-clicking a value into a domain element in satellite view. As you can see, there are a wide range of options for reconnaissance for each type of entity. Choosing one of these options will begin a search for entities and automatically add them to your view.

With this tool you can get a lot of information from one entity. You can collect all emails from the website, phone numbers, subdomains, related sites, and a myriad of other details. Maltego is a very powerful reconnaissance tool that is crucial to know for threat management certification and working in the cybersecurity industry.

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