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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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Sometimes when you attack with seven players it's enough, because if not you can concede a counter-attack like we conceded.
Attack Night is really a two-for-one show as we not only demonstrate attack scripts and hacks, but also the counter-attack measures and solutions," says Karsten Abata, HALOCK's Program Director and featured presenter.
Al Ain striker Dyanfres Douglas missed a chance and on counter-attack, Mohamed Fawzi, who likes to play offensive role, went blazing through the right flank.
The second half followed a similar pattern with excellent, measured build-up work from the hosts and Shields looking to score on the counter-attack.
Summary: Sri Lanka's military on Monday, said government troops have trapped the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or LTTE in an area less than 45 square km in size in the island's northeast, despite fierce fighting by the rebels who are launching counter-attacks.
There will be times when we're going to use rapid counter-attacks with Aiden and Naka.
I never thought we would lose, and I thought we were getting close with the counter-attacks and we needed a good pass to get us the goal.
At first we were biding our time, then used quick counter-attacks to go through the defenders of our opponent.
As the American people are bombarded with often irrelevant details meant to attack and destroy one politician or party, Davis documents that beginning with the bitter culture wars of the 1960s, through the post-Watergate "gotcha" attacks and counter-attacks of Democrats and Republicans in the 1980s and 1990s, it became increasingly difficult for Americans to filter out the important issues from the partisan noise.
And Cech (left) added: "Greece will play the same way they played in the first match - defend well and wait for counter-attacks.
Our kicking game was poor and we gave the Ospreys a lot of scope to launch counter-attacks.
We knew Forest like to play open, attacking football which in turn leaves them open to counter-attacks and our counter-attacking football was a pleasure to watch.