PRNewswire reports that a study by the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering discovered that chat room users posting under a name that appears female are 25 times more likely to receive messages that are threatening or sexually explicit as compared to users with male or ambiguous names. On average, female usernames received 163 malicious private messages a day, according to the study. The study focused on IRC, or Internet Relay Chat, rooms, which are very popular, but also offer varying levels of security. During the study, researchers logged into IRC...

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