“In the long run I certainly hope information is the cure for fanaticism, but I am afraid information is more the cause than the cure.”
― Daniel C. Dennett
Hi Guys; we all knows that reconnaissance is 70% of Penetration Testing and kali Linux is loaded with best of the testing tools.Today we are going to learn information gathering with active tool called Maltego, developed by Paterva, that can do many reconnaissance tasks with one simple scan. There is a community edition built into our Kali Linux that allows us 12 scans without purchasing Maltego.
“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!”
1.Fire your kali linux machine.
Goto applications>information gathering>maltego.
When you open Maltego, you will need to wait a brief moment for it to startup. After it finishes loading, you will be greeted by a screen asking you to register Maltego.Register yourself as it’s free and then you are ready to use this tool.
2.After sucessfully logging in you have to Choose a Machine & Parameters.
- Company Stalker (this gathers email information)
- Footprint L1 (basic information gathering)
- Footprint L2 (moderate amount of information gathering)
- Footprint L3 (intense and the most complete information gathering)
I am selecting L2 but the L3 is the best one.
3.Then the final step which is choosing the target.
After a while you will get results, there are plethora of options in maltego to toggle around.
Sit back and gather as much information as you can.
Note:This tutorial is for educational purpose only.