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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.
The pressure eventually told following a swift counter-attack which saw the ball hit long to the unmarked Dafydd Tomos.
It's anyone's guess who partners Torres today, although Anelka seems favourite as Ancelotti bids to avoid being caught on the counter-attack as his team have been in their last three matches against Roberto Mancini's side - which all ended in defeat.
We knew we could hit England on the counter-attack because they were open.
Walaa scored Palestine's second goal from yet another fast counter-attack on the right flank in the 76th minute, but Nachida completed her hat-trick in the 82nd minute to seal the result for the UAE.
A counter-attack can then lead to a quick shot on goal.
United (7-1-4) used a well-timed counter-attack in the 21st minute to take a 1-0lead.
Those involved in the operation to capture two crucial bridges to prevent a German counter-attack had been given advance pay and were allowed a night out a few days before the attack at 02.
In recent months, however, Taylor's Treasury defenders have begun what amounts to a kind of low-key counter-attack.
Martial arts training helped Ziad Jarrahi hijack United Flight 93; it helped Judo champion Jeremy Glick stage a counter-attack that saved the lives of countless Americans.
I can't criticise the players for effort but we didn't pick up their runner who scored the first goal and we left ourselves wide open for the counter-attack which led to their second.
Instead, they have taken the opportunity afforded to viciously counter-attack Brown's subtext.