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Google Programmable Search Engine

Modified on: Fri, 10 Dec, 2021 at 1:48 PM

Overview

The Google Programmable Search Engine Transforms help investigators search for people and aliases in major social media networks for free.


Google Programmable Search Engine is a platform provided by Google that allows web developers to feature specialized information in web searches, refine and categorize queries and create customized search engines, based on Google Search.


To learn more, visit: https://programmablesearchengine.google.com/about/


You can also read more about the Google Programmable Search Engine Transforms on our website here.


Using your own Maltego Engine ID

Maltego can see the most frequent customer queries run (in an aggregated manner, and not for specific customers). If you do not wish this to be seen by Maltego, you can insert your own Engine ID. The process to do so is outlined below.


To create a Programmable Search Engine and get the Engine ID (adapted from https://developers.google.com/custom-search/docs/tutorial/creatingcse) please follow the steps outlined below:

  • Sign into Control Panel using your Google account (register a Google account if you don't have one).
  • In the Sites to search section, add the page you want to include in your search engine. For the Transforms to function optimally, you will have to create one search engine per Transform and site. 


NOTE: The Search Engine sites must match the sites searched for by the respective Transforms. Also, be sure to turn off the Search the entire web option to get the most results.


An example of the search engine configuration for the To LinkedIn profiles Transform can be seen in the image below:


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  • Click Create
  • Copy the Search Engine ID. 
  • To insert the Engine ID into Maltego, search for the corresponding Transform, and click the wrench icon to configure it.



  • Insert your custom Engine ID into the options.


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Description automatically generated 


Pricing & Access 

Community Hub 

Users with Maltego Community Edition can simply install the Hub item and start running the Transforms. 


Data Allowance

  • Maltego CE users have 20 Transform runs per month. 


Commercial Hub 

Users with a Maltego One license have the following purchase options: 


Data Allowance

Simply install the Hub item and start running the Transforms with the following limits: 

  • Maltego Pro: 200 Transform runs / month 
  • Maltego Enterprise: 500 Transform runs / month


Bring Your Own Key

Plug in your own Google Programmable Search Engine key for unlimited Transform usage. 



Google Programmable Search Engine Transforms

To LinkedIn profiles [Google]

Description

This Transform will search for LinkedIn Profiles using Google.


Transform Settings

Display NameSetting TypeDefault ValueOptionalPopupAuthentication
API Keystring TrueFalsefalse
Additional keywords (use space as a delimiter)string truetruefalse
Engine ID for LinkedInstring TrueFalsefalse
Locale (en_US, de_DE, ru_RU and etc)string truetruefalse

Transform Meta Info

InformationValue
Display NameTo LinkedIn profiles [Google]
Owner 
AuthorMaltego Technologies
Data SourceGoogle
Transform Namemaltego.cse.person_to_linkedin_profiles
Input Entitiesmaltego.Person
Output Entitiesmaltego.Affiliation
Short DescriptionThis Transform will search for LinkedIn Profiles using Google.

To Instagram profiles [Google]

Description

This Transform will search for Instagram Profiles using Google.


Transform Settings

Display NameSetting TypeDefault ValueOptionalPopupAuthentication
API Keystring TrueFalsefalse
Additional keywords (use space as a delimiter)string truetruefalse
Engine ID for Instagramstring TrueFalsefalse

Transform Meta Info

InformationValue
Display NameTo Instagram profiles [Google]
Owner 
AuthorMaltego Technologies
Data SourceGoogle
Output Entitiesmaltego.Affiliation
Short DescriptionThis Transform will search for Instagram Profiles using Google.

Variants

Transform NameInput Entities
maltego.cse.person_to_instagram_profilesmaltego.Person
maltego.cse.alias_to_instagram_profilesmaltego.Alias

To VK profiles [Google]

Description

This Transform will search for VK Profiles using Google.


Transform Settings

Display NameSetting TypeDefault ValueOptionalPopupAuthentication
API Keystring TrueFalsefalse
Additional keywords (use space as a delimiter)string truetruefalse
Engine ID for VKontaktestring TrueFalsefalse

Transform Meta Info

InformationValue
Display NameTo VK profiles [Google]
Owner 
AuthorMaltego Technologies
Data SourceGoogle
Output Entitiesmaltego.Affiliation
Short DescriptionThis Transform will search for VK Profiles using Google.

Variants

Transform NameInput Entities
maltego.cse.person_to_vk_profilesmaltego.Person
maltego.cse.alias_to_vk_profilesmaltego.Alias

To Reddit profiles [Google]

Description

This Transform will search for Reddit Profiles using Google.


Transform Settings

Display NameSetting TypeDefault ValueOptionalPopupAuthentication
API Keystring TrueFalsefalse
Additional keywords (use space as a delimiter)string truetruefalse
Engine ID for Redditstring TrueFalsefalse

Transform Meta Info

InformationValue
Display NameTo Reddit profiles [Google]
Owner 
AuthorMaltego Technologies
Data SourceGoogle
Output Entitiesmaltego.Affiliation
Short DescriptionThis Transform will search for Reddit Profiles using Google.

Variants

Transform NameInput Entities
maltego.cse.person_to_reddit_profilesmaltego.Person
maltego.cse.alias_to_reddit_profilesmaltego.Alias

To Twitter profiles [Google]

Description

This Transform will search for Twitter Profiles using Google.


Transform Settings

Display NameSetting TypeDefault ValueOptionalPopupAuthentication
API Keystring TrueFalsefalse
Additional keywords (use space as a delimiter)string truetruefalse
Engine ID for Twitterstring TrueFalsefalse

Transform Meta Info

InformationValue
Display NameTo Twitter profiles [Google]
Owner 
AuthorMaltego Technologies
Data SourceGoogle
Output Entitiesmaltego.Affiliation
Short DescriptionThis Transform will search for Twitter Profiles using Google.

Variants

Transform NameInput Entities
maltego.cse.person_to_twitter_profilesmaltego.Person
maltego.cse.alias_to_twitter_profilesmaltego.Alias

To GitHub profiles [Google]

Description

This Transform will search for GitHub Profiles using Google.


Transform Settings

Display NameSetting TypeDefault ValueOptionalPopupAuthentication
API Keystring TrueFalsefalse
Additional keywords (use space as a delimiter)string truetruefalse
Engine ID for GitHubstring TrueFalsefalse

Transform Meta Info

InformationValue
Display NameTo GitHub profiles [Google]
Owner 
AuthorMaltego Technologies
Data SourceGoogle
Output Entitiesmaltego.Affiliation
Short DescriptionThis Transform will search for GitHub Profiles using Google.

Variants

Transform NameInput Entities
maltego.cse.person_to_github_profilesmaltego.Person
maltego.cse.alias_to_github_profilesmaltego.Alias

To Facebook profiles [Google]

Description

This Transform will search for Facebook Profiles using Google.


Transform Settings

Display NameSetting TypeDefault ValueOptionalPopupAuthentication
API Keystring TrueFalsefalse
Additional keywords (use space as a delimiter)string truetruefalse
Engine ID for Facebookstring TrueFalsefalse

Transform Meta Info

InformationValue
Display NameTo Facebook profiles [Google]
Owner 
AuthorMaltego Technologies
Data SourceGoogle
Output Entitiesmaltego.Affiliation
Short DescriptionThis Transform will search for Facebook Profiles using Google.

Variants

Transform NameInput Entities
maltego.cse.person_to_facebook_profilesmaltego.Person
maltego.cse.alias_to_facebook_profilesmaltego.Alias

To MySpace profiles [Google]

Description

This Transform will search for MySpace Profiles using Google.


Transform Settings

Display NameSetting TypeDefault ValueOptionalPopupAuthentication
API Keystring TrueFalsefalse
Additional keywords (use space as a delimiter)string truetruefalse
Engine ID for MySpacestring TrueFalsefalse

Transform Meta Info

InformationValue
Display NameTo MySpace profiles [Google]
Owner 
AuthorMaltego Technologies
Data SourceGoogle
Output Entitiesmaltego.Affiliation
Short DescriptionThis Transform will search for MySpace Profiles using Google.

Variants

Transform NameInput Entities
maltego.cse.person_to_myspace_profilesmaltego.Person
maltego.cse.alias_to_myspace_profilesmaltego.Alias

To Person [Google]

Description

Get Person from Affiliation using Google.


Transform Meta Info

InformationValue
Display NameTo Person [Google]
Owner 
AuthorMaltego Technologies
Data SourceGoogle
Transform Namemaltego.cse.affiliation_to_person
Input Entitiesmaltego.Affiliation
Output Entitiesmaltego.Person
Short DescriptionGet Person from Affiliation using Google.

To Alias [Google]

Description

Get Alias from Affiliation using Google.


Transform Meta Info

InformationValue
Display NameTo Alias [Google]
Owner 
AuthorMaltego Technologies
Data SourceGoogle
Transform Namemaltego.cse.affiliation_to_alias
Input Entitiesmaltego.Affiliation
Output Entitiesmaltego.Alias
Short DescriptionGet Alias from Affiliation using Google.

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