As millions of users went to the Internet to find out more information about Michael Jackson, Google had a major spike in traffic, which at first appeared to be an attack. The search giant stated that Google News was unavailable to some users during this time.
A warning flashed to some user which stated:
“We’re sorry, but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now.”
Yahoo also thought they were under attack as well. In fact Yahoo reported that the search for information on Michael Jackson was the highest visited story in their history. No word about Bing.