The NSA knows its weapons may one day be used by its targets
Several large scale cyber attacks have utilized cyberweapons and exploits first developed by the United States military and intelligence communities. While much has been done to develop vulnerability equities programs and responsible disclosure processes, such tools are an essential component of our cyber mission and will continue to be developed and used, despite the risks.
“U.S. military commanders say that when Cyber Command and the National Security Agency use a capability against targets abroad, they understand it might eventually be used by an adversary.”