Ultimate Kronos Group, human resource management company, announced that it was a victim of ransomwareAs a result, it has disrupted the Kronos private cloud, which hosts solutions used by its customers, for tasks such as payroll processing, timesheet management, attendance, absences, scheduling, and other processes for its workforce.
Renowned Kronos customers include Tesla, Puma and YMCA. Kronos notes that its private cloud solutions are currently unavailable and that it may take several weeks to restore system availability, so they are advising their customers to evaluate and implement alternative business continuity protocols related to the affected UKG solutions.
“We are taking immediate steps to investigate and mitigate the problem and we are working with leading cybersecurity experts. We recognize the seriousness of the problem and have mobilized all available resources to help our affected clients, “wrote Leo Daley, a spokesman for the company regarding the progress of the case.
On the Kronos Community page, the firm has been providing reports and updates on the situation that has interrupted private cloud services.
The firm points out that on the night of Saturday, December 11, they noticed unusual activity that was affecting UKG solutions using Kronos Private Cloud.
Daley explains that immediate actions were taken to investigate and mitigate the problem, as it is a ransomware incident that affects Kronos Private Cloud, the part of the business where they are implemented. UKG Workforce Central, UKG TeleStaff, Healthcare Extensions y Banking Scheduling Solutions.
The spokesperson points out that they are not currently aware of an impact on UKG Pro, UKG Ready, UKG Dimensions or any other UKG product or solution, because they are in separate environments and not in the Kronos private cloud.
The company has emphasized that they are working with cybersecurity experts to assess and resolve the situation, and that the facts have already been notified to the authorities.
Leo Daley said that Kronos recognizes the seriousness of the problem that this intervention poses for its customers, so they will be offering updates within the next 24 hours.
In the meantime they will be providing support through their UKG Kronos Community and through their Customer Service Team to report on their business continuity plans.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.