More frequently associated with space-faring Wookiees, the name ChewBacca has recently entered the lexicon of cybersecurity as the moniker of a malicious software suite. And while the fight against that online menace may involve fewer lasers, for retailers it’s still pretty hairy.
According to RSA FirstWatch, a ring of cyber thieves used the program to attack smaller retailers in 11 countries, successfully stealing information from roughly 49,000 credit and debit cards. The software has been in use since late October of 2013, infecting point-of-sale systems to collect details about the payment cards run through them. In that time around 24 million transactions were logged by the software.