I was harassed after the Ashley Madison hack

There was something odd about the text message when it arrived, a little before 2 p.m. on Sunday. “Hi” was all it said.

The number, from an 862 area code, was unfamiliar. I wrote back: “Hi who’s this?”

Then came the creepy part. “A friend.” Followed by, “I have found your name in a certain database and was wondering if you could help explain its presence there.”