NSA: The SIGINT Enabling Project
The SIGINT Enabling Project actively engages the US and foreign IT industries to covertly influence and/or overtly leverage their commercial products' designs. These design changes make the systems in question exploitable through SIGINT collection Endpoint, MidPoint, etc.) with foreknowledge of the modification. To the consumer and other adversaries, however, the systems' security remains intact. In this way, the SIGINT Enabling approach uses commercial technology and insight to manage the increasing cost and technical challenges of discovering and successfully exploiting systems of interest within the ever--more integrated and security--focused global communications environment.
As the one blogger remarked:
Personally, I thought the Internet was already quite insecure without the US government spending large amounts of money to deliberately make it worse.