Motivating example: Is it legal to hack a hacker back (in the US)? was marked as a duplicate of Is there any country where hacking back is legal?

The former asks a specific question that can be answered in the negative with an explanation of why this action is not legal in the United States, with citations to the specific laws responsible for that being the case, as well as additional context.

The latter asks if it's legal in any country, with one answer noting that it's legal in some unspecified countries in Africa.

I have answered the former, and I don't believe my answer would be a good answer to the latter. My answer does not address whether there is any country where that is legal; rather, it explains why it is not legal in a specific country.

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Specific questions should only be marked as duplicates of broad survey questions if the specific question is already addressed in the existing answers to the broader question.

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