Looks like it was all a hoax. Bastards.
Zdzislaw Kotla as reported by Lisa Miller:
They’re essentially manipulating public perception of world events and facts, as reported by dedicated journalists, and there’s not much we can do about it. Basically, there is a little box, that when plugged in, finds open wireless networks and allows a remote hacker to distort news that people on that network sees. This is both awesome and more than a tad worrisome.