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Maltego FAQ

These FAQ are both for Maltego novices as well as experienced users. Find answers to the most frequent questions about Maltego – both in regard to the tool as well as to our recent organizational developments.

If you don’t find the answer to your question below, please, do not hesitate to reach out to us.

FAQ Overview 🔗︎

FAQ 1: What is Maltego?
FAQ 2: Who uses Maltego?
FAQ 3: What is Paterva? And what happened with it?
FAQ 4: What is Maltego Technologies?
FAQ 5: What are Transforms?
FAQ 6: What are Maltego’s plans for the future?
FAQ 7: Are you hiring?
FAQ 8: How can I stay informed about Maltego updates?


FAQ 1: What is Maltego? 🔗︎


Maltego is an open source intelligence (OSINT) and graphical link analysis tool that makes data-driven investigations easy and intuitive. Are you curious?
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Maltego is a comprehensive tool for graphical link analyses as it combines the creative exploration capabilities of humans with the automation potential of machines. With Maltego, you can easily mine data from dispersed sources, automatically merge matching information in one graph, and visually map it to explore your data landscape. Our different desktop client versions and server solutions enable you to tailor Maltego to your specific needs in terms of data access, functionalities, and security requirements. Why don’t you dive right in and explore our free Community Edition.

FAQ 2: Who uses Maltego? 🔗︎


Due to its wide range of possible use cases, Maltego is used by thousands of investigators worldwide.

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Maltego is a proven tool that has been downloaded by almost one million commercial and community users worldwide since its first launch in 2008. Due to its wide range of possible use cases, Maltego is used by a broad audience, from security professionals and pentesters, to forensic investigators, investigative journalists, and market researchers. Furthermore, we work together with academic partners who use Maltego to train the next generation of investigators. Over the years, an entire Maltego ecosystem of professional users, developers and trainers has emerged around the world.

FAQ 3: Who is Paterva? 🔗︎


Paterva is the company of Maltego’s inventors and developers based in South Africa. In 2018, Maltego Technologies GmbH took responsibility for all customer-facing operations from Paterva and invests in new solutions.

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Originally, Maltego was developed by Paterva, a software company located in South Africa. While having its roots in the security field, Maltego has been quickly adopted by a global audience. To handle the high growth and the needs of increasingly professional customer segments, Paterva has entrusted Maltego Technologies GmbH with managing all customer-facing operations. If you are interested in reading more about Paterva’s story, we recommend reading their blog.

FAQ 4: Who is Maltego Technologies? 🔗︎

Maltego Technologies GmbH is a recently established company in Munich, Germany, that serves as the official reseller of all Paterva products, handles all customer-facing operations, and invests in the development of a new products to better meet the evolving needs of all Maltego users.

FAQ 5: What are Transforms? 🔗︎


Transforms are a unique feature of Maltego. You can think of them as pieces of code that retrieve data from multiple sources and visually fuse them into the GUI of our Maltego Desktop Client.

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Transforms automatically fetch data from different sources. By using Transforms, you can build and explore complex graphs step-by-step, in an interactive and intuitive way. Transforms let you automate your work as you can run analyses in a point-and-click logic. As a Maltego user, you can access an existing repository of over 800 pre-defined Transforms directly from our Transform Hub including data from over 30 partner organizations. You can also write your own Transforms to integrate your own data sources – which makes Maltego fully customizable.

FAQ 6: What are Maltego’s plans for the future? 🔗︎


Currently, we are growing and professionalizing our customer support and developing some new products and features.

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As Maltego Technologies we are currently focusing on growing Maltego in all regards. This includes growing our customer support to make the use of Maltego as convenient as possible. Furthermore, we are investing in the development of a new product line to meet the needs of large organizations and expanding our data partnership program. Soon, we will share more insights about upcoming products and new features.

FAQ 7: Are you hiring? 🔗︎

Yes, we are looking for new team members to join our headquarters in the heart of Munich, Germany. At the same time, we are also open for applications to work remotely. Check out our open positions here.

FAQ 8: How can I stay informed about Maltego updates? 🔗︎

We will release new content here on a regular basis, from product updates and hands-on tutorials to inspiring case studies.

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