Introduction to Maltego

What is Maltego?

Maltego is a tool that’s available on dual licensing enabling commercial use or freely, providing a tool that’s used to investigate relationships using data, then map, store and print reports from those investigative views that makes it far more difficult for others to ignore.

I first stumbled across it when reviewing the information provided by Facebook to professional users, such as app providers, and the means in which that data subsequently allows them to facilitate advanced behavioural analysis as an international commercial entity

(it’s generally rather difficult for a person to participate in society without social media accounts; the above video gives some insight into what that costs).

The commercial version of Maltego offers more features and plugins that are otherwise not available in the community edition.  One example is the Social Links framework that provides enhancements for social-network analysis than is otherwise provided ‘out of the box’ by the Maltego community edition.  Whilst SocialLinks is only one example, their videos can be found here.


Openlink Virtuoso

Openlink Virtuoso is a universal server product that offers advanced support for RDF, access control systems and the integration of multiple datasources into a format that can be queried.


Some of the more powerful features of this server product is the means in which it is able to map RDBMS sources into RDF queryable formats, leading to an ability to link a multitude of data-sources into a singular query interface


OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a powerful tool for working with messy data: cleaning it; transforming it from one format into another; and extending it with web services and external data.

Importantly, OpenRefine also includes an array of plugins that helps users sort out data, then update it and work with data in an RDF format