The Typepad.com employees must have really felt the pain as they worked to recover from a horrendous the DDoS attacks.
What a cruel thing for someone to do. But what was the motivation? It could have been an extortion attempt. But lately we've seen some awful things done to innocent people because of their political beliefs. So it's easy to conjure up a conspiracy theory involving a politically motivated effort to silence some political blog and a refusal by Typepad owner, Say Media, to give in. Maybe we'll find out some day.
Meanwhile, Sleepless in Midland appears to have gotten back online as of around 2:00am today after being down for a few days. Keep up the good work, Typepad!