I was wondering if it's legal to do what most people call a "hack back." Suppose someone tricked you into downloading software onto your computer that was designed to steal your data, but it was advertised as an online security software. Then you found out. Would it be legal to shut down their servers, or maybe even delete all the data on them, to prevent yourself and other people from this attacker?
Because I think of it sort of like self-defense: Someone tries to attack you, you can defend yourself (mostly). If a hacker attacks your computer, could you go and prevent them from doing so (by shutting down their servers)? I would think yes, but I don't have any idea of the law.
I have taken a look at this post, and though it does clear a small bit up about this, it does not fully answer my question.