FAQ




If this is Open Source where can I get the source?

Open source intelligence, not be confused with open source software. Let's Google it and read the very first hit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source_intelligence

Open source intelligence (OSINT) is form of intelligence collection management that involves finding, selecting, and acquiring information from publicly available sources and analyzing it to produce actionable intelligence. In the intelligence community (IC), the term "open" refers to overt, publicly available sources (as opposed to covert or classified sources); it is not related to open-source software or public intelligence.

History:

The Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) was created in 1941 to access and exploit OSINT in relation to World War II. A classic example of their value and success is reflected in the price of oranges in Paris as an indicator of whether railroad bridges had been bombed successfully.
Sources (open) used in Maltego are search engines, DNS, whois record, PGP keyservers, open ports/services, historical DNS databases, social networks, etc, etc. OSI have been around before then term was connected in popular media with software.


Do I need to buy a server when I purchase Maltego?

Absolutely not. Both Maltego commercial and community come pre-installed with the ability to use Paterva's servers that are located on the internet. These servers give access to our standard OSINT transforms as well as the TDS community seed.


What gets logged?

On the Paterva CTAS the following is logged when you run a transform:
  • API key
  • IP Address (yours or the proxy you are using)
  • The transform executed
  • The time it executed
  • Your user ID (which gives first name, last name and email address)
  • Note: we do NOT log the questions asked or the results

Some transform uses web services contained on the server. These are:
  • Transforms that uses meta information contained documents
  • Transforms that uses information in the mirror of sites

These web services log the question asked in a standard web server log.
When you register we log:
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email address
  • Time registered
  • Time first used
  • How many transform you ran
  • MAC address you selected
  • Your operating system type and version, but not details of service packs etc.
  • GUI version

When you start the application the HTML that is contained in the start page is downloaded from the website. The request ends up in normal web server logs.

Obviously this information will never be given or sold to a 3rd party unless required so by law.


My Maltego/CaseFile is stuck above the Mac menu :(

Sadly it is a known bug, easiest ways to fix it:

JVM Creation Fail? WHAT?

Generally if this happens it means that the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) could not allocate enough memory for the application. This almost always only occurs on older Java versions, we recommend updating to JRE7 or later to avoid this. If however you cannot or you have specified the memory as too high within the application, you can easily fix this by running the config application:
  • Windows - located in your start menu under Paterva\Maltego Version\Configure
  • Linux - by running 'maltegotype-memory_config', something like 'maltegocasefile-ce_memory_config'
  • Mac/Other - open a terminal window and navigate to the Maltego install directory, typically at /usr/share/MaltegoTYPE. Navigate to the /maltego-ui/modules/ext/ directory of this and run the following: java -jar Java_Config_App.jar