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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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They didn't have many chances and we had four or five good counterattacks and we're disappointed we didn't make more of them.
23 ( ANI ): Japan is reportedly seeking to curb the increased cyberattacks on the nation's government systems and in a bid to have the ability to counter the attacks by a foreign nation, it is mulling over plans to cooperate with the US that has the most sophisticated counterattack technology.
We were a little bit naive in allowing them so many counterattacks - if Nottingham Forest had maybe five chances I think four of them were counterattacks and that is not good enough.
And with just over 10 seconds remaining of added time, Khalatbari rounded off a swift Iran counterattack to snatch all three points despite the visitors being forced onto the back foot for the majority of an entertaining 90 minutes.
Lebanon made frequent counterattacks in the closing stages before securing
For the last 20 minutes of the match, Erbil withdrew from the attack zone and the players depended on counterattacks.
Thomas Mueller finished two quick German counterattacks within four minutes in the second half to sink England&'s hopes of beating Germany at the World Cup for the first time.
It didn't matter if some counterattacks were misplaced, so long as counterattacking generally contributed to survival.
Deprived of space to maneuver in the midfield, Qatar relied on counterattacks for most of the first half.
Martial art expert Marrina Sprague draws upon her many years of experience and expertise (having achieved Black Belt status in Kenpo karate, kickboxing, and street freestyle fighting) to take women through a rigorous and effective step-by-step instruction process to develop their physical strength and stamina, hit hard and grip strong, acquire a winning attitude, press their attack against an opponent or adversary, and control counterattacks.
Recounting the first US victory on the land against organized British forces after the burning of their burning of the American capital in Washington DC on August 25, 1814, While Washington Burned provides the reader with an expansive understanding of the attacks and counterattacks which took place in the midst of Fort Erie, and a complete accounting of the results--including the use of genealogical research and archeological discoveries.
victory on land against an organized British force, including attacks and counterattacks that resulted in costly casualties.