With the recent increase in articles about the threat of Bitcoin vs central banks, government and other authorities over the money supply, I am wondering how well authorities are prepared and actively dealing with the situation.
Yes, most are probably aware of it by now. There have been some official statements by several agencies. Most notable I could find are the ECB: Virtual Currency Schemes (PDF, European Central Bank - October 2012), U.S. Senators seek crackdown on "Bitcoin" currency (Reuters, June 2011) and FBI Fears Bitcoin’s Popularity with Criminals (Wired, May 2012)
Is there any proof that serious plans are in the works to 'crackdown on Bitcoin' - either directly by creating laws or indirectly by influence on the market?