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Now here's something fascinating. According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Differential_cryptanalysis#His..., IBM discovered differential cryptanalysis in the 1970s when designing DES. They opted to keep it a secret, given its general applicability against ciphers. It is unclear whether IBM shared it with the NSA or the NSA discovered it independently, but there's strong evidence that both IBM and the NSA were aware of differential cryptanalysis well before the public discovery in the 90s.

┬╣ This has what looks like a good citation but requires a subscription to access the relevant paper (sigh).

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