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 rooms using male, female, and ambiguous names and then counted the number of times they were contacted, as well as tracked the content of those messages. The researchers also eliminated the possibility of “bots” being the cause of said messages. Due to the fact that female users received a disproportionate number of private messages, researchers conclude that humans, specifically male humans are behind them…