By John Leyden
9th October 2008
A sysadmin looking to set up a VPN network was surprised to discover
that a Cisco installation CD contained Mexican music instead of security
software. Cisco has acknowledged the issue and said that affected
customers will be offered replacement CDs.
Instead of the intended software, some CDs shipped to Cisco customers
featured 12 tracks of Mexican music, including Narco Corridos tunes from
Diego 'El Compa' Rivas. Narco Corridos songs often celebrate drug
running, and are popular in northern Mexico but derided by some as a
"cancer that is killing Mexican music".
The tracks seem to be poor-quality bootleg remixes of the sort typically
created by wannabe DJs, and how these MP3s got onto software
installation CDs is unclear. Perhaps somebody in a factory making the
CDs pressed the wrong button on a production line computer that had also
been used for illegal downloads.
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