How Financial Websites Prevent Content Scraping | StockTwits Case Study

March 10, 2015 Distil Networks

“Using Distil, we proactively defend against bots, and that ends up yielding a total defense posture for both our content and our banner ads. I’d recommend them to any organization that relies on unique content to drive their business.”

- Chris Corriveau, CTO, StockTwits

Overview

StockTwits, a key player in the financial data and information industry, came under attack from malicious bots that scraped away valuable online data uniquely provided by the company. 

Challenges

  • StockTwits was under attack from malicious bots attempting to scrape valuable online data
  • Content scraping bots launched consistent attacks, scraping content and data on a regular basis to avoid detection
  • Content acceleration solution with DDoS mitigation was unable to stop the bots from accessing the site
  • Needed bot protection solution for website, mobile app and user API

Deployment

Distil Cloud CDN 

Results 

  • Stopped nefarious bot access to online business data
  • Eliminated content scraping that had threatened the company’s business model
  • Minimized click fraud on banner ads to reduce advertising costs
  • Combined site and application acceleration with total bot protection 

About the Author

Distil Networks, the global leader in bot detection and mitigation, is the first easy and accurate way to identify and police malicious website traffic, blocking 99.9% of bad bots without impacting legitimate users. Distil protects against web scraping, competitive data mining, account hijacking, form spam and click fraud while slashing the high tax that bots place on your internal teams and web infrastructure.

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