This looks like it's for real, but it's so weird it could be a spoof.
A - They are equipping these roaches with little implanted robo-backpacks, then controlling them using a remote and
B - Now their signals are getting spammed with Viagra promos.
As for whether this is good for the roaches, one of the researchers comments "They are not very nice insects." Their crime is apparently being smelly and moving their antennae in an unattractive way. Hmmmm. So what shall we say about the people doing this?
I guess if you look funny, smell funny, and are small enough to catch -- you'd best watch your back!
- Roaches - Cockroach - Carnival of the Cockroaches