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In recent years, there have been a series of worldwide cyberattacks by malware that restricts access to computer systems by encrypting data unless a ransom is paid in Bitcoin cryptocurrency. It may constitute an offence of blackmail under section 23 of the Theft Ordinance. Under Cap 461, if any of the elements of the offence occurred in Hong Kong, then Hong Kong has jurisdiction and can pursue the perpetrators irrespective of their citizenship or nationality.
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