It is worth noting that the row hammer issue isn't new. It as been known about for some time. Including this old Slashdot post
There has been an implementation of row hammer testing in MemTest86 V6.0 for over 6 months now as well. MemTest86 implements just the single sided hammer, whereas Google used a double sided hammer.
While the double hammer might produce more RAM errors, this pattern of memory accesses isn't very likely to occur in real life software. So is of limited use as a RAM reliability test.
What is new in this report is the fact that they manipulated the RAM bit flips to turn them into an exploit. Something that was previously speculated on but considered too hard to implement.
What they didn't show however is any results from desktop machines. All their testing was on laptops. In fact they state, "We also tested some desktop machines, but did not see any bit flips on those". So the problem isn't as grave as it might at first appear. They speculate that ECC RAM blocks the bit flips and this has also been the experience with MemTest86, most (but not all) of the flips are single bit flips, which ECC would correct.
Disclaimer: I'm one of the MemTest86 developers.