The information wars are underway, yet most of us toil away on the web, blissfully unaware of the artillery fire lighting up the distant horizon.

News of another round of Chinese-sourced attacks on Google -- high-quality phishing attacks targeted at defence establishment personnel, and almost certainly by the Chinese Government despite its inevitable denials -- comes only days after the United States announced that the Pentagon is developing a new cyberwarfare strategy that calls for the use of military force — including conventional weapons — in response to certain kinds of damaging online attacks on U.S. institutions.