BT fears hackers

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British Telecom is to broadcast this Thursday's interim results presentation live on the internet, prompting fears that its website will be overrun by millions of investors or, even worse, sabotaged by hackers.

British Telecom is to broadcast this Thursday's interim results presentation live on the internet, prompting fears that its website will be overrun by millions of investors or, even worse, sabotaged by hackers.

The results are expected to include details of a major restructuring to separate the retail and wholesale arms of BT, a move which will make the presentation of even greater interest to investors.

BT's army of 1.7 million retail investors will be able to log on to both the chief executive Sir Peter Bonfield's briefing to analysts and a subsequent press conference.

A BT source said: "We're using the technology. It's to make sure that everything is as open as possible and to make sure everyone has the opportunity to listen."

However, the desire to embrace transparency is not without its dangers. With BT's interim presentation arguably the most anticipated results briefing in the company's history, fears are rampant within the company that hackers could abuse the access system, resulting in an embarrassing network meltdown.

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