tools that fail? Not.
"the activists made the mistake of using tools, such as Anonymous' Low Orbit Ion Cannon, that fail to cloak the identity of computers participating in denial of service attacks."
Well, LOIC doesn't fail at anything, it just doesn't spoof the adress. Apparently there's also a number of people using more complete tools such as hping and others, which do have the ability to spoof IPs, but refuse to spoof, by principle. See, there's a significant portion of these "Anonymous" people who see DDOS as a network form of the good ol' street demonstration, or picketting. That's quite comparable, when you think about it: sure it makes the shops along the way unreachable for a few hours, but there's usually little to no long-lasting damage (except for the reputation). There's the occasional opportunistic break-in but few street demonstration go without a smashed window or ten (although the collateral damage scale is clearly tipping towards the men in blue these days).