Kronos Ransomware Outage Drives Widespread Payroll Chaos

Kronos, the workforce-management provider, said a weeks-long outage of its cloud services is in the offing, just in time to hamstring end-of-year HR activities like bonuses and vacation tracking.

Kronos, the workforce management platform, has been hit with a ransomware attack that it says will leave its cloud-based services unavailable for several weeks – and it’s suggesting that customers seek other ways to get payroll and other HR tasks accomplished.

The outage has left cataclysmic issues for customers in its wake.

Kronos offers a range of solutions for employee scheduling, compensation management, payroll and hours worked, benefits administration, time-off management, talent acquisition, onboarding, and more. It counts some of the largest companies in the world as its customers, such as Tesla and Puma, along with various health, public sector and university customers; organizations like the YMCA; and smaller businesses like restaurants and retailers.

In a message to Kronos Private Cloud (KPC) customers late afternoon on Sunday, the company said that several solutions were knocked offline starting Saturday: UKG Workforce Central, UKG TeleStaff, Healthcare Extensions and Banking Scheduling Solutions.

“At this time, we still do not have an estimated restoration time, and it is likely that the

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