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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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Bar their early goal, 43rd failed to create any decent chances except for a break away on the counter attack late on in the game which only resulted in a booking for David Carnaghan for a cynical foul outside the area with the resulting free kick despatched well wide.
Redcar hadn't finished yet and with Lewis Maloney and John Noble causing problems, Brotton defended well and again caused problems of their own with counter attacks which fell short in front of Jordan Tierney's goal.
They played on the counter attack over here and that will probably work well for us because we have the players who can make it work.
They're also very fast and were shutting down our counter attack.
If Sunday's tactics remain the same, the Czechs will sit back and let the Germans take the game to them, relying on the counter attack and again happy to fall back on the lottery of a shootout.
In the second half Mazimbi relied on the counter attacks and managed to equalize in the 35th minute by Aimuna following the absence Merrikh defense line .
Yes, it's that time again - a presidential election year full of attacks and counter attacks, of claims and counter claims, of half truths and less-than-half truths, and sometimes no truth at all.
Al-Ahly entered the first half looking not to concede a goal and then going on counter attacks to score a goal.
Pace merchants: Maloney says Aiden McGeady (left) and Shunsuke Nakamura can unlock any defence with their quick feet and quality play; Over the counter remedy: Shaun Maloney insists Celtic can profit by hitting sides with quick counter attacks
Peakflow DoS, Arbor Networks' flagship availability solution, detects and traces DoS attacks and then recommends filters and committed access rate parameters that network operators can implement to counter attacks quickly, greatly minimizing the impact on users.