SSE – the Pearth-based utility which is one of the UK’s Big Six energy providers – has temporarily suspended its online jobs portal on its website after hackers illegally obtained confidential applicant details.
It is not known how many jobs and/or candidate applications are affected, or how long the website will be disabled.
SSE uses a third-party IT agency to provide its online recruitment service – which handles applications from thousands of industrial trainees, graduates, engineers and customer-service workers every year.
An SSE spokesman said: “Following some unusual activity on our third party supplier PageUp People’s recruitment portal system, we have suspended our online applications as a precaution.
“Page Up People have confirmed that an unauthorised person did gain access to their system, and they believe that “certain personal data” has been accessed.
“We have taken the necessary steps to notify all candidates who have an applicant profile on the PageUp People system, and advise the appropriate authorities.”
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