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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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North Shields, however, grew into the contest and utilised counter-attacks through the excellent Bell and Sowter to create opportunities - only to be denied by the Morpeth goalkeeper.
We knew what they were going to do - sit back and counter-attack - and we were confident we would get our goals but it was just one of those days.
It was a performance full of energy, we looked dynamic and on the counter-attack we were electrifying and a very exciting team to watch.
Summary: London: James Anderson took his 300th Test wicket and then ended a bold counter-attack by .
The Egyptian Armed Forces, by their counter-attack on the Israeli forces, have given the latter an unforgettable lesson.
There will be a need to counter-attack the information infrastructure of those who are attacking us," he said.
The sites for installing radars to track enemy missiles and storing counter-attack projectiles are yet to be determined.
We didn't score, but we can't concede a counter-attack like this.
Cardiff were to be hit shortly afterwards by a slick counter-attack ending with Indian international Sumeet Singh smashing an unstoppable reverse stick shot into the bottom corner of the Cardiff goal.
Obviously if we want to use quick transition and counter-attack then we can use Anelka because he is quick.
Troops launched a counter-attack and killed 6 of the attackers.