See: Feb. 16, 2023 https://www.wsj.com/articles/bitcoin-core-maintainers-crypto-7b93804
Not sure if this is considered a "hit piece". But this is classic MSM. Writing a superficially neutral article that is actually laying the groundwork for future defamation of target individuals.
The most likely attack vector I can see against Bitcoin right now is through the usage of inscriptions. Unlike Ethereum NFTs, which are simpyl URLs, Bitcoin Inscriptions are the indelible storage of data on chain for the rest of eternity.
Adversaries of Bitcoin are likely to inscribe thousands of illicit images onto the base layer of Bitcoin. Note that the FBI has the world's largest collection of CSAM. Every time they bust a case, they store everything.
Running a Bitcoin Full Archival Node involves the deliberate storage and distribution of information. It is most closely analogous to running Bit Torrent. Once thousands of illicit images get inscribed on chain, it is then very difficult to argue in court that running a full node is of the same nature as browsing the web and then accidentally having illicit images stored in your Temporary Internet Files folder. If distributing illicit images via Bit Torrent is illegal, then running a Bitcoin Full Archival Node would become illegal, under such an attack scenario.
This could result in the deplatforming of Bitcoin Core from Github and the prosecution of core developers. The media's role in all this is to whip up public opinion by characterizing Bitcoin as a centralized project that is being used for the distribution of illicit images. This is how the MSM works. Defame, then deplatform.
The attack vector described above is not some castle in the sky fud. It is a clear and present danger.
So I would suggest a Bit Torrent model of Bitcoin development for the future. There is no "reference implementation" of Bit Torrent. No Bit Torrent client has a 99% monopoly over the market, unlike Bitcoin Core which has 99% monopoly. I think Bitcoin Core should voluntarily remove itself from Github. Core developers should join Bitcoin companies and develop standalone implementations of Bitcoin Full Nodes.