The threats you speak of are new to me and I have not heard of any discussion from anyone, so I have to question the veracity of your claims.
I have been speaking to those who are actively involved in cryonics about this subject for roughly a decade, and I've learned not to expect that any of them are even remotely interested in understanding this subject at all. Most likely those who are in a position of authority will need to be frozen/vitrified to make room for those with more progressive thinking before anything is done on our collective front.
Back in the day, most of Alcor's staff where utilizing computers built by me. With this building effort, I also included seti@home to utilize their spare CPU time. Can't say I made the obvious connection in the beginning, but the realization hit home sometime after I learned of the protein folding project.
As a result of my recent post, I realized that I should have brought this subject up to an individual or two that I have not discussed this with previously. I had already made plans to reach out and make contact, but that does not mean this subject matter will go anywhere soon.
Short of the cryonics industry stepping up to the plate in a real leadership role, my guess is this cherry will pop in the lap of some college student a year or decade from now. What is unfortunate for the cryonics industry, is that we miss out on these leadership opportunities that would gain us appreciation and respect from society.
A real world example of this that slips quietly into the night is Hextend. Many lives have been saved (included soldiers overseas) as a result in research associated with cryonics, but for some reason our "community" does not make note of this effort. Your life, or someone you may know or love, may have been spared as a result in research associated with cryonics. These people could very well be against the concept of cryonics; yet, they are alive today to speak of their objections without a full appreciation as to why they are alive today.
Regarding current distributive computing projects, please see the following linK: