I think the headline strongly overstates the case. The officials quoted in the piece sound like they are giving canned "there, there" responses:
the IRS is actually a big fan of privacy, all we want to do is catch the ransomware guys. You just have to trust us, there's a method to the madness.
Yeah, and what exactly can I keep private from them?
It's above my paygrade, but we all know the real crime happens in the traditional banking system
Of course they know it. That's why they are coming after the little guy and his $600 btc buy and the open source wallet he wants to secure it with.
I don't hear these officials saying anything other then placation.
I agree. In fact that's what I meant about calling the title wishful thinking.