So, let's recap the sequence of events:
Who will blame be shifted to next?
Look -- if people haven't realized by now that the Internet pretty much lacks a delete function, then (IMNSHO) it becomes the requirement of each and every one of us to pay close attention to what we're reading, to use our own big brains and fine-tuned bullshit detectors to suss out whether something makes sense.
Since this is my blog, I'm going to parcel out blame the way I see it:
What's this got to do with security? I don't know, maybe nothing directly related. But it certainly raises the question -- what if someone intentionally wanted to cause nearly permanent damage to a person or a corporation? Malicious content, disguised as "news," certainly seems to have become a potentially successful attack vector this week.
Worried about a social engineering attack on a massive scale? I suspect that what happened Monday (8 September) was the largest social engineering attack in history -- although I wouldn't classify it as intentionally malicious. Just you wait until the idea spreads.