Government-mandated software vulnerabilities would make computers and the Internet a lot less safe, warned a coalition of 20 computer-security experts.

The FBI has warned of its “Going Dark” problem for several years, a scenario under which law enforcement loses its ability to electronically track criminal suspects because of inadequate legal tools as well as a lack of cooperation from service providers.

The federal government is looking for ways to remedy this problem.

The creation of mandated vulnerabilities — holes, basically — in the consumer-facing software of companies like Facebook would allow federal law enforcement to monitor suspects.

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