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Maltego 3.1 Released

Maltego – Open source intelligence mining and visualization tool


Although we do not make it a habit to announce third party releases, in Maltego’s case, we happily make an exception. Maltego 3.1 is the new flagship product from the guys at Paterva and offers a range of fantastic new features and enhancements to the already phenomenal product. If you haven’t tried Maltego, you don’t know what you are missing. Some of the new features include:

Completely new graph organisational abilities:

You now have the ability to organise the graph in terms of alignment as well as setting the layout for specific segments of graph as well as the entire graph:

New views, including Bubble View which allows users to sort information on their graph in terms of relevance by either incoming links (how many different bits of information point into a node), outgoing links (how many different links point out from a node) or both, as seen below:

Additionally with the layouts there is also the new Interactive Organic view which improves the speed of graph rendering dramatically by only redrawing relevant parts of the graph that are updated. There is also the ability to lock entities in place in a graph to allow for a more human structured format. Within the entities of the graph you can also merge entities together, add notes, add attachments (either from the web or local) as well as the previous features of adding custom entity types and changing the link properties:

Lastly the investigate tab also offers users the ability to now select all entities on a graph based on their bookmark, the type of entity it is as well as the previous searching capabilities:

Once the Parerva development team get their rest, we should be seeing a Maltego 3.1 CE edition surface…we will keep y’all updated once it does. Head down to the Paterva website now, and see the awesomeness of Maltego!

BackTrack Enterprise Support and Customization Services

After a lot of hard work and extensive testing, we are proud and excited to announce the public release of our new commercial site The .com site is a companion to the traditional .org, offering paid features and services that we have not been able to offer before.

Commercial Support

BackTrack Linux has become the most popular Linux based penetration testing distribution available. However, to this day there are some organizations that would love to use it but have not been able to due to internal regulations that require support contracts for any software that is used. Additionally, other organizations have reached out to us to let us know that they rely on BackTrack so much that they would find support contracts extremely helpful.

Penetration Testing tools BackTrack customization

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BackTrack 5 R1 released

We’re finally ready to release BackTrack 5 R1. This release contains over 120 bug fixes, 30 new tools and 70 tool updates. We will be rolling out some howto’s on our wiki in the next few days, such as VMWare tool installation, alternate compat-wireless setups, etc. The kernel was updated to and includes the relevant injection patches. As usual, please report bugs to us through our redmine ticket system for the fastest response. Don’t forget to also check our forums and wiki (will be updated in the next few days).

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BlackHat, Defcon and BackTrack 5 R1 Release

With Defcon and BlackHat over, the team here is slowly recovering from the cons. We have a ton of news and updates, including a delay of one week on the release of BackTrack 5 R1. We’d rather delay the release a bit more and make sure it’s perfect. To all those manically waiting – keep your pants on!

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BackTrack 5 Release 1

We have a few exciting items to announce in the upcoming month, one of them being BackTrack 5 R1 (Release one) which will be available for download on the 10th of August,2011. This will complete our first 3 month cycle since the last release. With over 100 bug fixes, numerous package updates and the addition of over 30 new tools and scripts – BackTrack 5 R1 will rock. We will have a pre-release event of BackTrack 5 R1 at the BlackHat  / Defcon Conference  a few days earlier.


BackTrack 5 R1 to be released August 10th

To our friends at BlackHat who will be printing over six thousand (6000!) BackTrack DVD’s and distributing them during the conference, we thank you!  We hope you all enjoy the upcoming conferences and have a productive and fun time. May the sauce be strong with you.



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