Female usernames, on average, received 163 malicious private messages a day in the study, conducted by Michel Cukier, assistant professor in the Center for Risk and Reliability in the Clark School's Department of Mechanical Engineering, and an affiliate of the university's Institute for Systems Research, and sophomore computer engineering student Robert Meyer.The study focused on internet relay chat or IRC chat rooms, which are among the most popular chat services but offer widely varying levels of user security.The researchers logged into various chatrooms under female, male and ambiguous usernames, counted the number of times they were contacted and tracked the contents of those messages.
" Tamer examples of malicious messages included suggestive questions such as,"feeling horney?
or bong.""I was bummin' in a hole-in-the-wall town in what is now called Utah. Why I feel the need to have countless sexual conquests one after the other and I think it's due to the fact that I'm uh... Inga, I've loved you from the first time that I saw you and I love you more than any man's loved a woman um, that he's never actually spoken to. And if you don't believe me, by god you go talk to Alan Greenspan!
when you won the race last night that made you King of the Mountain. But I am not gonna take romantic advice from somebody who cannot spell romantic or advice... of words but there's something that I have to say to you. well, it was a car.""When this country went off the gold standard, your paper is paper, nothin' more than paper.
"Some messages to female usernames were innocuous, while others were sexually explicit or threatening," Meyer says.
Harmless messages included "helo" and "care 2 intro?