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New app uses scattered public information to put together a digital footprint of individuals, organizations

Published: October 19, 2012
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A new app application can collect scattered online clues to provide a picture of individuals or organizations; the application draws on public data sources in order to put together a graphical digital footprint.


 
Screen shot of Maltego at work // Source: sapo.pt

In a demonstration on Wednesday at the Breakpoint 2012 Security Conference, being held in Melbourne, Australia, Roelof Temmingh, founder of the company Paterva, showed how his company’s application, called Maltego, can collect scattered online clues to provide a picture of individuals or organizations. Maltego draws on public data sources in order to put together a graphical digital footprint. At the start of his demonstration, Temmingh stressed that all of the information collected is from public sources.

No controls were broken to get to the information that we got,” Temmingh told the audience. “This is the information that’s out there on the net. We just kind of put it together in a nice way.”

Computerworldreports that Maltego pulled up several scattered tweets in the system. From there Temmingh picked one at random and checked to see whether the person fit in the context of them living and working in a certain area, which appeared to be true.

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