14 November 2008 | 15,534 views

Maltego – Forensics and Intelligence Application & Information Gathering Tool

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Maltego is an open source intelligence and forensics application. It allows for the mining and gathering of information as well as the representation of this information in a meaningful way.

Coupled with its graphing libraries, Maltego, allows you to identify key relationships between information and identify previously unknown relationships between them. It is a must-have tool in the forensics, security and intelligence fields!

Maltego offers the user with unprecedented information. Information is leverage.

What does Maltego do?

Maltego is a program that can be used to determine the relationships and real world links between:

  • People
  • Groups of people (social networks)
  • Companies
  • Organizations
  • Web sites
  • Internet infrastructure such as: Domains, DNS Names, Netblocks and IP Addresses
  • Phrases
  • Affiliations
  • Documents and files

These entities are linked using open source intelligence.

  • Maltego is easy and quick to install – it uses Java, so it runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • Maltego provides you with a graphical interface that makes seeing these relationships instant and accurate – making it possible to see hidden connections.
  • Using the graphical user interface (GUI) you can see relationships easily – even if they are three or four degrees of separation away.
  • Maltego is unique because it uses a powerful, flexible framework that makes customizing possible. As such, Maltego can be adapted to your own, unique requirements.


The Community Edition is limited in the following ways:

  • A 15second nag screen
  • Save and Export has been disabled
  • Limited zoom levels
  • Can only run transforms on a single entity at a time
  • Cannot copy and paste text from detailed view
  • Transforms limited to 75 per day
  • Throttled client to TAS communication

Check out the User Guide here.

You can download Maltego Community Edition here:

Maltego CE – Linux
Maltego CE – Windows

Or read more here.


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One Response to “Maltego – Forensics and Intelligence Application & Information Gathering Tool”

  1. Armen Shirvanian 20 November 2008 at 6:05 pm Permalink

    This creators of this program look to have made a program that fits in to current concerns that certain individuals have as to the structure and social connections of others. It leaves one seeing the possibility of most people on the planet being placed into a large computational web, showing the various connections and differing levels of social status between them. People’s presence on the internet provides a lot of information, and Maltego is making some use of this.