I hate to break this to you dear reader, but not everything you read on the 'web is true. Aside from parody stories like those found on the Onion, and exaggerations or chronically one-sided articles, there are also outright whoppers. I suppose because the medium feels "anonymous", folk feel they can get away with just spouting nonsense for the fun of it.
Case in point, the recent story about a man who "deleted his entire business" by running an incorrect scripting command on his servers. It was widely picked up and reported as fact, and it even sounded plausible - but it turned out to be a complete fabrication.