Automatic-attacks are objects that can attack. Likewise creatures are objects that can attack.
Both are something different than an attack as activity (faced).
That is not fair to provide an automatic-attack as example of attack that can exist without combat if talk is about faced attack (CvCC is not object that can attack).
This time I would not blame ICE for not using a enough distinctive words for different notions.
Just because object that can attack when company enters a site is called "automatic-attack" it may be altered by affects that state that they affect an attack but do not state that the attack is a faced attack (e.g. Arouse Minions).