I received this email from 1and1.com. It explains why the 30 sites that I have hosted there have been so slow. My blog pages are hosted on 1and1.com, but harptab is the big money maker, as well as strangetales.net, which hosts the grafitti pages.
There several thousand websites on this server, but I would guess that I have the most traffic. I hope that the attack isn’t against one of my websites.
Dear Keith Graham,
We are writing to you today to inform you on the status of the server your website is being hosted on.
As of 1pm ET we have been experiencing a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack of the server which lead to the machine and your website being offline at this time. Our engineers are working on various measures to "fight off" the attack. Unfortunately we are currently unable to tell you exactly when your website will be up and running again but we can assure you that we are doing everything possible to restore service as quickly as possible.
We sincerely apologize for this major inconvenience.
Your Customer Service Team
1&1 Internet Inc.