The good news for Microsoft is that more people are using Live Search. The bad news is that more bots are using it also.
"The reason their search engine is being hit so frequently is that people are running automated 'bot' programs to play the Live Search games for them," said Live Search Club user Jack Krause in an e-mail. "Microsoft is essentially being DDoSed by thousands of people hundreds of times per minute, but they are mistaking this rise in traffic for people actually using Live Search."
Live Search Club awards players tickets that can be redeemed for prizes including Microsoft Xboxes, Zunes, and other items. A Live Search Club user who wrote to InformationWeek claimed that Windows Vista was a prize option earlier this week, but Microsoft removed it because the number of winners was so high.
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