Now that COVID-19 has managed to break through Taiwan’s formidable defenses, the nation has finally joined the rest of the world in experiencing the so-called “new normal” of pandemic life. Those who can are working from home, ordering food for delivery and “doomscrolling” to satiate a disquieting hunger for more information.
As in other parts of the world, fraudsters have also found a windfall in exploiting pandemic anxieties.
While this “normal” might not be new, its volume is. The FBI reported a record number of phishing complaints in the US last year, up 69 percent from 2019, while the UK National Cyber Security Centre thwarted more scams last year than in the previous three years combined.
With less than two months of community transmission, Taiwan lacks the same kind of striking data, but there are certain metrics that could serve as indicators. For…