I’m not really talking about state-vs-state actions.
It’s my understanding that if a foreign national commits a crime against a US citizen or interest, first, it’s a big deal to keep him here, if he does it in country, and if he is abroad it’s even harder for US “actions” to take place, ie trial, conviction, sentencing. Even “in absentia” we can’t just go over there and clap him in irons.
But it seems like if some serious attack on a US computer system takes place, work will be done to, well, fuck up the person(s) who did it, if they can find them, by disabling or destroying his system.
I understand if a counterattack takes place in more-or-less real time (I have in my head a hazy notion of “hot pursuit.”) But many times a major hunt-and-kill operation is set up afterwards. When this happens with a physical criminal in another country, or a physical criminal’s assets there, nations tend to raise their eyebrows.
But isn’t it the same?