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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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The key [issue] for counterattacks is ensuring that you are after the right person [or] system," says Middleton.
Weapons vans appear throughout the game to equip the Interceptor with offensive weapons including machine guns, missiles, EMP weapons and counterattack weapons such as oil slicks, smoke screens and flame throwers.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army pushed back a powerful counterattack of the terrorist groups after they captured Kinsibba in Northern Lattakia near the border with Turkey.
The closeness ended early in the third quarter Saturday, as the Bruins used their speed and execution on counterattacks to turn a 2-1 halftime lead into a 6-1 advantage midway through the period.
I knew Uzbekistan would go forward in the last minutes, that's why we changed our tactics and tried to score from counterattacks.
The Devils' smart defense and quick counterattacks worked even better after they took the lead and the Ducks were forced to try to produce something.
What appeared to the enemy as an American liability was actually an American strength - when junior officers were killed or wounded, rank- and-file American GIs came forward and used their initiative to effectively blunt enemy attacks and launch counterattacks.
The Diamond Ranch High boys' soccer team scored a goal on counterattacks in each half to pull off a stunning 2-0 upset of previously unbeaten and top-seeded La Canada in Tuesday's Southern Section Division IV semifinal at La Canada.
responses and counterattacks from each side in every imaginable media outlet, the bare-knuckle brawling among partisan spinners, and especially the circus we have observed since Nov.
Behrens and fellow senior driver Hernan Golbert, both four-year varsity starters, do most of the scoring, but an abundance of speed that is well used on counterattacks combined with the veteran group's ability to read each other well, makes for a well-rounded attack.
In the midfield, he stole balls and started counterattacks and helped move the ball forward.
Semsch has regularly marked and shut down the opponents' top forward, which has allowed sweeper Ryan Walker more freedom to collect loose balls and start counterattacks.