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It's not specifically targeted at Macs. It's a java applet runtime exploit which is cross platform which includes linux and Windows OSes. Apple has depreciated java and it really shouldn't be turned on unless you know you specifically need it anyway.

Mac user? Go to /applications/utilities/java and run the Java Preferences app. Uncheck to disable. The latest version is Java SE 6 which just came out a couple of weeks ago. Unless there is a specific program you know you need java for {I do have one program which requires java myself, but I rarely use it}, java isn't of much use.

Just another 'social exploit' for dummies who probably also open email attachments from people they don't know (the "Someone has sent you a Hallmark Card" email title still shows up now and again...) : "People who bite and click the link are then prompted to run a Java applet."
 
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