Distil Networks, a 'bad bot' fighter for real estate websites, gets lots of ammo

  • Distil Networks Inc., which blocks 'bad bots' from encumbering websites, has raised an additional $21 million in a Series C funding round.
  • Bad bots have recently taken online real estate by storm, even as their activity has diminished somewhat overall.
  • The growth in real estate startups may be driving the increase in bad bod activity on real estate websites.

As real estate websites grapple with data scrapers, a firm that’s dedicated to battling “bad bots” — sometimes on the behalf of multiple listing services (MLSs) — has filled its war chest with an additional $21 million.