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Attacking an attacker. Even though a criminal hacker or other agent is attempting to penetrate a security perimeter or damage systems, the counterattack must not violate applicable laws. See DOD cyberspace glossary.



an attack undertaken by defending forces against enemy forces that have driven a wedge in the defenders' battle formation.

The objective of the counterattack is to rout the enemy and restore the lost tactical position. The counterattack is one of the elements of troop aggressiveness on the defense; the counterat-tack is usually carried out by the defenders' second echelon and reserve forces with assistance from assault units that have not been attacked. Preparation for the counterattack is carried on in accordance with the stated aim of the battle and with consideration of the situation that has come about in the course of the fighting. The counterattacking troops may be supported by tank and air strikes and the fire of artillery, mortars, and other weapons. A successful counterattack is achieved by rapid, unexpected, and decisive action by the counterattacking troops at the moment when the enemy has not yet been able to consolidate and bring up reserves to develop the strike.

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Valencia in Spain tonight with Sir Alex Ferguson worried about his team's vulnerability to counter attacks.
Positionally we defended very well but the only area we needed to shape-up was on the counter attack.
Flankers Lydiate and Sam Warburton put in some big hits on Australia captain Rocky Elsom, but while Wales bossed the forward battle it was their opponents' counter attack that proved the key factor.
However, Cardiff & Uwic always looked threatening on the counter attack, and from one such rapid raid Danny Newcombe popped up to give them a 1-0 lead.
The best form of defence is attack and they need to do that next Thursday, but with Oba in the team you'd like to think that, on the counter attack, we will go down the other end and score a goal or two.
Brotton were dangerous on the counter attack, but Brad Halliday and Mathew Brookes were on top form snuffing out any pressure which came their way.
We had two goals, the advantage and we needed to defend well and counter attack.
I'm pretty sure it will maybe prey on somebody's mind that we can counter attack really quickly.
They are a terrific side with loads of pace out wide and like to hit teams on the counter attack.
And Agape II were happy to defend deep and counter attack, eventually taking the lead just before half-time when Sharp grabbed his second of the afternoon.
Their system is effective and they are dangerous on the counter attack.