Distil Networks

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Distil Networks
Type Privately held
Headquarters Arlington, Virginia, United States
Key people Rami Essaid (CEO)
Engin Akyol (CTO)
Andrew Stein (Chief Scientist)
Services Content protection network
Website distilnetworks.com

Distil Networks is an Internet company based in Arlington, Virginia, that provides Web content protection systems. Their products and services help control web scraping or data scraping, wherein automated bots are deployed to gather content from a website and use it for competitive or malicious purposes.[1]


Distil.it was founded in April 2011 by Rami Essaid, Engin Akyol and Andrew Stein, claiming to be the first website content protection network of its kind.[1] The company name was later changed to Distil Networks. Key investors include ff Venture Capital, CIT GAP Funds, IDEA Fund Partners, Techstars, Militello Capital and Foundry Group.[2][3][4][5] The company has also built capital through seed money rounds, including individual investors contributing more than $200,000 in one week via AngelList. On May 28th 2014, the company secured $10 million in Series A funding to help fund the growth and expansion of the company. [6]

Initially the Distil Networks client base consisted largely of digital publishers concerned about their news content being stolen and re-used on competitors’ websites. Distil Networks soon branched into protecting other types of websites.[7]

Content protection network[edit]

The company’s main product focuses on prevention of or protection against web scraping Internet bots, and one of the services provided is a Content Protection Network (CPN). It combines proprietary bot-blocking software with site performance improvement, including DNS-based GeoIP routing so visitors to the client website are routed to the geographically-closest Distil Networks server. Rather than relying on plugins or hardware, Distil Networks blocks bots in real time.[8] Working as a content protection network, Distil Networks begins learning user behavior patterns that are unique to each website. The service can discern human visitors from malicious bots without requiring a CAPTCHA test, and it creates a bot signature that can be shared to protect other customers.[9] Data theft is often the result of malicious bots mining sites for information.[10][11]


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