Psh, you give it too much credit. DDOS attacks aren't complicated and do not require a complicated "well coordinated" scheme to launch them. What exaclty is a"well coordinated" DDOS attack?
To be clear, I never said that DDOS attacks are complicated, and you're correct, they certainly don't need to be well coordinated. However, there are a few variables that may indicate an attacker using a DDOS has some skill. The type of packet(s) being utilized may, or may not, be effective; choosing which servers to attack, and in what order and with which type(s) of packets (which is what I meant by coordinated); how to foil load balancing and firewalls; ultimately knowing how to escalate an attack after one or more servers do go down; etc.
DDOS attacks are indeed for newbs, DDOS attacks lack innovation, ingenuity, and most of all skill.
You're assumption is that they are only used by noobs, which isn't true. They are simply one of the tools available to both talented and noobs.
Not entirely. An effective sys admin does not need to know socket programming. They just need to know how packet switched networks function at the transport layer. Regardless, even if you have a a knowledgable sysadmin, he/she can't stop an attack from flooding their incoming bandwidth (unles they have access to routers further up than their immediate routers).
I didn't mean that they should learn socket programming - like 'script kiddies', most sys admins also rely on pre-existing scripts, applications, practices, etc. Many of them would be hard pressed to write a decent shell script these days.
On a side note, the only "script adminies" i've met that were ignorant about their systems were all Windows admins. When I ask them about *nix systems, they all typically respond with, "uhh, all you Linux people just want to make your desktop look like Windows." Heh, how do I respond to that lol.
Exactly my thoughts. =)