disinfo? YES. According to IT security expert, Christopher Soghoian , they are fake!!
the first link is the (fake) PayPal and below is the (fake) NYT.
perhaps the funniest part of this is that Bill Keller himself retweeted it, before realising it was fake ..
if only this was all just neverending lulz, but case in point of how sources themselves recirculate disinformation..