"Most of these merchants that get hacked do not have updated versions of the software that runs their business, they're just trying to sell widgets," said Dan Clements, co-founder of CardCops.com.
Graham Paul and Co, for chartered accounts has announced that businesses should forward any enquiries to their appointed tax agent.
Businesses should be made aware that they have no obligation to enter into discussion or correspondence with the Revenue as this is not a formal tax investigation. The Revenue have been put on notice that they may be in breach of agency law if they try to get information in this manner direct from taxpayers who have recognised tax agents.
Their strong recommendation is that they do not give the Revenue any information and that all enquiries should be handled by their accountant. Those companies without accountants or tax agents are advised to consider appointing one as the investigation culture continues.
This issue is very similarly being called pharming. Pharming is a scamming practice in which malicious code is installed on a personal computer or server, misdirecting users to fraudulent Web sites without their knowledge or consent. Pharming has been called "phishing" without a lure.