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Tulsa employer impacted by Kronos ransomware attack

Posted at 7:46 AM, Dec 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-17 15:04:34-05

TULSA, Okla. — A major ransomware attack left some companies unsure how they're going to pay their employees.

A Tulsa company is impacted by that breach.

The payroll company Ultimate Kronos Group notified clients there was a ransomware security breach over the weekend. Ascension Healthcare Company uses Kronos for payroll, scheduling, and other services. This includes the St. John network.

Ascension is working to find other ways to track employee work hours and process payroll. Ascension St. John has not commented on the matter, but the American Hospital Association says many hospitals have a contingency plan in place for this very scenario.

Several major companies including Whole Foods, Honda, Tesla, Puma and the YMCA as well as state and local government agencies are affected by the attack.

On Monday, the company said its programs that rely on “cloud services” which many companies use to pay employees and manage hours would be unavailable for “several weeks.” Kronos is now recommending clients rely on a manual process for tracking timesheets. The company says they do not believe any employee data has been compromised at this point.

If you are an employee of a Kronos client, you can receive updates throughout their investigation on the Ultimate Kronos Group website.

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