Quoting the Guardian:
As part of a scheme called “access to justice”, prison authorities are arranging for Assange to be given a computer so he can work on his case. The computer will have limited internet access.
Assange asked for one of his legal team to be allowed to bring him a laptop, but was refused – prisoners are not commonly allowed their own computers.
“Access to Justice” sounds like “we’ll be happy to know all your passwords & contacts” to me. I’m sure Mr. Assange is smart & informed enough to know this, but other prisoners might not.
Bringing your own laptop raises the bar just a notch, but doesn’t offer any protection against an organised adversary:
- All your network traffic will be observed (Man In The Middle attack)
- Anything you type on the keyboard will be known by the adversary, even if they’ve never touched your laptop.
- Anything on your screen can be “seen” by the adversary from the adjacent room.
- You better not leave the laptop from your sight, because if you do, you might as well assume it has a keyboard logger installed next time you touch it.
Bit of a pickle, really.