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A Step Towards Stealth Mode

During an investigation, it is often important to ensure that whatever you do, you do not “touch” the target. For example, if you are investigating a particular server, you do not want to leave a trace in the traffic logs that you were there.

It is sometimes enough if it is just not known that you were there, in other words that traffic originated from your network. Other times it would be preferable if nobody was there, for example if the URL was embedded in Malware and acts as a kill-switch of some description (

In general, the Maltego client does not contact any servers directly, and only via the transform servers such as the CTAS. One exception to this is when icons are fetched by the client itself to show on the graph, such as with the Image entity loading a preview of a URL, and more recently with the Overlay icons introduced in the previous release. This includes the Favicon overlay…
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Fun with Flags

...with Dr Sheldon Cooper, Dr Amy Farrah Fowler and the new Maltego 4.2 Entity Overlays!

Did you know: Tuvalu, a country in the Pacific Ocean about midway between Australia and Hawaii, risks being wiped from the map due to rising sea waters? The country’s highest point is only 5m above sea level and they have a population of scarcely more than 10,000 people. The capital of Tuvalu, Funafuti, houses more than half the population and is an atoll encircling a 275 km² lagoon—the largest in Tuvalu.

Tuvalu’s flag contains the Union Flag in the upper left, with a sky-blue background and nine stars representing the nine islands that form part of Tuvalu. The nine stars are geographically correct, if you point the top of the flag towards the east.

Another relatively unknown country which also used to be under British Colonial Rule, on the other side of the world, is Lesotho. Lesotho is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,000m elevation. In fact, more than 80% of i…

Maltego launches version 4.1.15 - New tabular export formats and bug fixes!

We are excited to announce that we have released an update from 4.1.14 to 4.1.15 for Maltego !
You will be able to update your client by either clicking on“Check forUpdates”under the Tools section oftheMaltegoapplication menu,or bymonitoringthe bottom-right corner for an update prompt. 
Thecurrent version of Maltegoisvisibleinthetitlebar: Version 4.1.15 brings with it a rework of the graph export features in the form ofupdatedCSVand Excelfilestructures,aswell asgraphexporttoXMLintheyEd and Gephi GraphML formats (more on this below and also on our  
We have also worked on fixing bugs that have been reported by you such as deadlocks when reaching 10,000 entities in CE or Classic. This ensures smooth use of Maltego without roadblocks in between your important investigation. 

Overall, the update entails the following changes and bug fixes:


Announcement: EULA, Updates, Pricing

First big (long) 2018 post: better support for you, updated EULA, new pricesIt’s been rather quiet on this channel since our last, joyous Christmas message. But rest assured, we are still here, busy at work. And yes, we have been working on our bucket list of cool new features for 2018. And they will come, the first of which will be the release of our “brand spanking new servers” in fall!
In the meantime, there has been lots of work and fixes under the hood. We hope you notice and appreciate the improved usability and stability. A further nice improvement is being rolled out this week. We have made the experience of collaboration when working with collection nodes much better.
We’ve also been busy setting up new systems and processes to provide you with even better support, troubleshooting and onboarding services. We started by implementing a proper ticketing system and, most importantly, a new crew and more people excited to work with Maltego. We will introduce them in time.
As previou…

We are updating our privacy policy

At Paterva, we have always strived to be as transparent as possible with regard to the information that we need for you to purchase, register or use our Maltego Desktop clients and server products.

With this in mind, we have taken new data protection regulation that will come into effect in the European Union on May 25th as opportunity to generally update our “legal documents”. Today we want to inform you about our new Privacy Policy aiming to help you better understand what information we collect, why we collect it and how we use it. We have decided to make these updates globally because we think the new policies are fundamentally better and should be shared by everyone in the Maltego community.

The updated Privacy Policy will enter into force on May 25th, 2018. We recommend that you read the complete Privacy Policy here. If you have any questions, please contact us using the contact information provided in the Privacy Policy.

Your Paterva Team…

Bitcoin Tracking and Analysing with Maltego

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency has been over basically everything. We've all had those awkward conversations over Christmas dinner with that weird uncle where they explain that it's a pyramid scheme or a scam! Well we thought it's time we refreshed some of the BTC transforms in Maltego.

A quick recap of the basics of BTC:

'Addresses' are what you generate from your wallet and people can send and receive money to these

'Transactions' are the well.. transactions, the key point here is that transactions take in addresses(thats plural) that have a value as an input and the addresses as the output that also receive a value.

You can go to for a better refresher than this!

As a side note, you may have noticed we have had these transforms before, written originally by the breaker of chains, slayer of elks and herder of cats, Paul Richards. We decided to re-write these for a number of reasons. Firstly, our new born superstar server developer, Andre…

Holiday Special (yes, it’s this time of year again)

Whether 2017 has treated you well or poorly, it is nearing its end. The year of AlphaBay and Hansa Market takedowns, WannaCry woes, the rise of Reaper…. and of course the popularization of crypto currencies - where even my 78 year old mother asked me recently what this “BitCoin thing” is. Don’t worry mommy, it’s just a phase 😉.

For Paterva it has been a great year in many ways. A year of consolidating things and laying solid foundations for the future. So, before we sign off, here is a look at what you can expect to see in the Maltego universe next year.

Lots of effort is currently going into development and next year will see the release of:

Time and space support in Maltego (woohoo – you have been wanting this for a long time)Brand spanking new serversQuick and sexy ways to attach your own data to MaltegoLots of smaller improvements (check back here in due time)
So whether you celebrate Christmas or not, here is the perfect stocking filler for 2017 and a great gift for your partner/…