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Hack attack messes up time sheets nation-wide, including for thousands of Connecticut state employees

A ransomware attack has hit payroll services company Ultimate Kronos Group, or UKG.

The company provides online timesheets and pay support for employers.

One of the employers that uses the system is the state of Connecticut.

About 18,000 state government workers in four agencies record their hours in the Kronos system.

The state Department of Administrative Services says those workers are recording their hours manually.

The state does not use Kronos for payroll, so it should still be able to pay its workers.

The department says it was made aware of the problem with the system on Sunday.

Hearst Connecticut reported that Bridgeport Police were also effected by the Kronos problem.

UKG sent a statement to Connecticut Public Radio Tuesday:

“UKG recently became aware of a ransomware incident that has disrupted the Kronos Private Cloud, which houses solutions used by a limited number of our customers. We took immediate action to investigate and mitigate the issue, have alerted our affected customers and informed the authorities, and are working with leading cybersecurity experts. We recognize the seriousness of the issue and have mobilized all available resources to support our customers and are working diligently to restore the affected services.”

Jeff Cohen started in newspapers in 2001 and joined Connecticut Public in 2010, where he worked as a reporter and fill-in host. In 2017, he was named news director. Then, in 2022, he became a senior enterprise reporter.