The realms were taken down last night to correct the problem, and all items that were purchased for free or without the required rating were removed from the characters who purchased them.
Just had the Blue post come through.
Realm Maintenance 11/12/2008
".....Once the maintenance concludes, players who obtained such items will notice them removed from their inventory. However. any tokens or arena/honor points spent on said gear will be appropriately refunded. -Cinterome"
At least if you actually bought something you won't get screwed. I know a couple of my guildee's bought some of their Brutal gear yesterday.
I have a feeling for the next week the game is going to be...interesting, in the Chinese way.......