Good. A DDoS is a coward’s tool.
Anyone can do it or have it done, but only entities with deep enough pockets can stay up in the face of one. It is the opposite of an equalizer.
Rest assured, if the CFAA or a similar law didn’t make DDoSing illegal, big corporations would use perpetual attacks as a perfectly legal way to silence independent sites critical of them.
Throw a rock at a window, you’ve broken one window. Keep throwing rocks at windows and sooner or later someone or something will stop you. You can scale this all the way up to stealing things, killing people or blowing up buildings… damages to the physical world are limited to all kinds of constraints.
Find a good enough attack that you can quickly take down a computer or steal information of value, and keep doing it as fast as the network will allow… absolutely massive amounts of damage can be done before anyone even knows what is happening.
That’s why the CFAA imposes such penalties. To try and deter people from wreaking havoc in the first place.
@bookworm1398: Yes, asking or hiring someone to commit a crime is typically a crime. Murder, theft, hacking, doesn’t matter.