What is Maltego


What is Maltego

In previous chapters we have been introduced to the very powerful and versatile surveillance tool called Maltego. As we saw in our previous example using a virtual machine, opening Maltego does not take long. A shortcut for launching the program can be found under “Information Gathering” in the drop-down “Applications” menu in the top-left corner.

Maltego is a very powerful application for gathering passive and active information on a subject when carrying out penetration testing techniques. A wide variety of information and information types can be collected using Maltego. Personal, technical, domain, and all sort of information can be gathered by Maltego in an easy-to-use graphical interface. It is important that you spend some time using this tool and mastering the techniques and features it contains. By mastering the tool you will be able to summarize all the steps involved in our reconnaissance techniques in just one program.

When opening Maltego, you will be prompted to enter login credentials for a username and password. In order to use Maltego you must create an account with at least the free trial of Maltego available. The community edition of Maltego is free to download and use, but there is also a paid edition of Maltego available for use. The community edition does not contain the same variety of features as the paid edition, but for the purposes of this course the community edition will work.

After this introduction to Maltego, there will be a few more sections explaining the inner workings of Maltego. If you are already very familiar with the software, feel free to skip over these sections explaining core Maltego concepts. Even if you are already familiar with using Maltego, it’s important you that you have a total understanding of all the essential components of Maltego and its importance in collecting information.

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