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Distil Networks will soon shield property search apps from data theft

Company closes $21M funding round

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Website security company Distil Networks has kept "bad bots" from stealing multiple listing service data from property search websites. Coming off a $21 million funding round, the startup is now gearing up to offer the same protection to mobile property search apps. In mid-2013, Distil Networks launched what it hoped would be an "industrywide intelligence network" to identify and thwart those who scrape real estate data without permission. At the time, a dozen MLSs were using Distil's technology to protect their public-facing property search websites. Today, the company says it has "a little under two dozen MLS" customers. Six providers of MLS platforms have also implemented Distil Network technology, protecting all of the MLS-public facing sites and agent and broker Internet data exchange (IDX) sites powered by their platforms. Those companies include FBS, provider of the MLS platform Flexmls, and Information and Real Estate Services LLC, which powers Co...