Hackers have launched a ransomware attack on a large company in the United States, putting THOUSANDS of people on the payroll at risk.

At least one company is struggling to pay its employees due to a RANSOMWARE attack on a payroll and HR management software company.

UKG is said to have 50,000 customers worldwide and was hacked over the weekend by cyber criminals.

In a ransomware attack, a hacker encrypts a victim's files and then demands money in exchange for the victim's access.

UKG has stated that restoring its systems could take several weeks, implying that some of the companies to which it provides software are unable to pay their employees.

"As we previously communicated, late on Saturday, December 11,2021, we became aware of unusual activity impacting UKG solutions using Kronos Private Cloud," said UKG vice president Bob Hughes.

"We acted quickly to investigate and mitigate the problem, and we've determined that it's a ransomware attack affecting the Kronos Private Cloud, which includes UKG Workforce Central, UKG TeleStaff, Healthcare Extensions, and Banking Scheduling Solutions."

"At this time, we are not aware of any impact to UKG Pro, UKG Ready, UKG Dimensions, or any other UKG products or solutions that are not housed in the Kronos Private Cloud."

"We've notified the authorities and are working with leading cyber security experts to assess and resolve the situation."

"As we work to determine the nature and scope of the incident, the investigation will continue."

It's unclear whether user data such as payroll information has been stolen or compromised at this time.

Because they can't access the UKG software, a UKG customer told The Record that they're having trouble paying salaries ahead of the winter holidays.

"At least they didn't lie about it taking weeks to recover," they said.

"We're a small operation, and it took three weeks to restore everything after we were hit by ransomware."

UKG has been contacted for comment on how many people will be affected and what data will be compromised.

If you're concerned that your employer has been impacted, contact your HR department for payroll information.

"We deeply regret the impact this is having on you," Hughes continued, "and we are continuing to take all appropriate steps to remedy the situation."

"We understand the gravity of the situation and will provide another update within the next 24 hours."

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