There’s theory, and then there's practice.
In theory, nearly anyone should be able to throw a baseball at 90 MPH. In practice, very few can actually do it. In theory, Windows 3.1 was an intuitive, easy-to-use operating system GUI. In practice, people screwed up their PCs with alarming regularity. In theory, cryptography is an intensive subgenre of mathematics. In practice, it's mostly about the sloppy analog nature of submicron electronic circuits.
The math behind cryptography is well understood. Well, understood by crypto geeks. Less so by the average engineer. But, as we’ve already discovered, the devil is in the details. Electronic circuits that implement the best of cryptographic algorithms have been hacked through the most unlikely of methods.
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