A ran­somware at­tack on a Pfiz­er ven­dor trig­gered over­pay­ments to hourly staffers — and now the phar­ma gi­ant wants most of that mon­ey back

A ran­somware at­tack on a ven­dor that helps track work time for a mul­ti­tude of Pfiz­er’s hourly staffers is caus­ing the phar­ma gi­ant a ma­jor headache.

The Ul­ti­mate Kro­nos Group was hit with the cy­ber­at­tack late last year, trig­ger­ing a mix­up in just how many hours its hourly staffers had been work­ing. Some were over­paid, and oth­ers were un­der­paid. Now Pfiz­er is pay­ing every­one who got short­changed and wants any over­pay­ments re­fund­ed — or at least most of it, mi­nus a com­pa­ny con­tri­bu­tion for the mix­up.

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