Earlier today we learned of someone claiming that they had contacted Niantic about some sort of issue with Pokémon GO and, in response, had received an Articuno from the company. Many thought the explanation to be unlikely, and we've finally gotten an official response from Niantic which confirms that. According to a spokesperson from the company, the Articuno "was not from Niantic. it’s [sic] either a spoof or someone hacked the game."
So now all that's left is to determine if the Articuno was obtained via hacking, or if the whole thing is just an elaborate fake. Niantic isn't sure about that either at the moment, with their response stating that they are "looking into it" and that there are no “clear answers at the moment.” Now that the ruse has been exposed, if it's a fake we'll probably hear some sort of explanation from them in the coming hours or days; if it was hacked, however, there's no telling if they'll start bragging about it or if they'll go quiet to try and continue exploiting whatever hole they've found. Only time will tell how this turns out, it seems.
Which one do you think it is—a hack or a fake?