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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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A swift counter-attack through Harrison and Foster saw the ball played to the Shields striker and he confidently slotted home under the onrushing goalkeeper to give his team the lead.
In the second half, the more we opened up and the more we tried to throw bodies forward and runners forward, the more we just got caught on the counter-attack.
Sometimes when you attack with seven players it's enough, because if not you can concede a counter-attack like we conceded.
When they get the ball they come out very quickly on the counter-attack, this is what we have to be careful of most.
I knew it would be an open game because Napoli are offensive with three players, Cavani, Lavezzi and (Marek) Hamsik who are very fast on the counter-attack.
SHAUN MALONEY reckons Celtic can be counter-attack kings in the Champions League this season.
He can string together combos, counter-attacks and open up on enemies with a variety of special techniques.
Yes, Croatia were old and slow, relying for goals on counter-attacks that players like Alen Boksic and Davor Suker now lack the speed to execute - but we should have known that anyway.
Martin Freeman, the big winger from King Edward's, Aston ran in two tries and centre Rob Hollyhead of King Edward's, Birmingham also touched down but East Midlands were always dangerous and they scored three of their four tries from counter-attacks.
We possessed the ball on counter-attacks in their half only five or six times.
CHICAGO -- HALOCK Security Labs has teamed up with GSI Hosting of Kansas City and other leading security providers to demonstrate Internet attacks and counter-attacks.
If military threats to Iran were materialized, the nation's counter-attacks will spread to other regions, member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Karami-Raad said on Thursday.