Why? If it is Open Source, what is the problem if the Pentagon uses it too? I can, say, use Tor, which is well-known to be developed by American military, with the obvious aim to hide, in a better way, their communications with their agents worldwide. If the Pentagon uses Tor too, it means there is more Tor traffic, and that means that my own traffic would be hidden even better than without the Pentagon. Which is the point. It makes no sense to hide it. Real Russian hackers will be a problem for those attacked. The Russian hacker hysteria in America is an American problem. Ok, slow explanation for those unable to understand elementary things. Look at some of the responses here: Looks like some people here think this would have been, better, illegal. I would guess the foreign competitors on the cybersecurity market will hope that this becomes illegal in the US. If I would think that the people here are reasonable, I would hide this. Because this would slightly increase the probability that it really will be forbidden, and, therefore, the US being harmed. With what I know I can be sure that you will be even more in favor of forbidding it once I argue that to forbid it would be stupid. So, I'm free to make reasonable recommendations and have fun that you will not follow them, harming the US. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! The point being? NSA backdoors are a security issue, for every reasonable person and institution. And one unhandled security issue is one too much.