As a countermeasure, ICANN and several TLD registrars began in February 2009 a coordinated barring of transfers and registrations for these domains”
Variant C contains code to sidestep these countermeasures by generating an expanded daily list of 50000 domains across 110 TLDs. This new pull mechanism, however, is disabled until April 1
I’ve also been following the work at SRI regarding this threat.
Even 1 million Variant C infections results in potentially 50 billion whois queries.
I think Wednesday is going to be a slow day on the Internet.