Someone has been trying to hack into the computer of P.E.I.'s Opposition leader, but so far the attempts have failed.


P.E.I. Opposition leader Olive Crane does not believe she was personally targeted. (CBC)

There have been four attempts in the last two years, at least two of them originating from outside of Canada.

"Well at first it's a surprise," said Opposition leader Olive Crane.

"I guess too it's also the reality, because we all know there are people that want to get onto government systems for different reasons."

Crane does not believe she was targeted personally, but that the attempt to get into her computer was part of a more general attack on the provincial government network.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service says cyber-related attacks are the fastest growing forms of espionage in the country. In its most recent annual report, the spy agency says attacks on government computer networks are of particular concern.

RCMP Const. Chris Manuel, who works in the P.E.I. tech-crime unit, said government computers contain information that is especially attractive to hackers.

"A lot of it is private data and confidential stuff," said Manuel.

"That's the type of information that if you can get a hold of it you can do whatever you want with it."

The Mounties were not involved in Crane's case.

Nobody from the government IT section was prepared to speak with CBC for this story. A spokesperson said to do so could compromise security.