(Bloomberg) -- The American Bankers Association, thefinancial-industry lobbying giant that wants laws forcing retailersto improve data protection, made two announcements Thursday: It’sobserving National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

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And hackers have breached its system.

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“ABA has learned that e-mail addresses and passwords used tomake purchases or register for events through aba.com’s shoppingcart have been compromised,” the organization wrote in an e-mail topeople who’ve used the online checkout system.

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“Like the banks we serve, ABA takes data security veryseriously. We also recognize that despite significant securitymeasures, breaches can and do occur.”

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A spokeswoman for the ABA confirmed the e-mail’s contents.

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The incident may turn out to be relatively minor compared withthe troves of sensitive information such as credit-cardnumbers that some big retailers have lost by the millions over thepast few years.

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Read: Health care companies at severe risk of databreaches

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The ABA said that in its case, at least 6,400 records comprisingshopping cart user names and passwords were posted online.

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“We have seen no evidence that the hacker has also accessedcredit-card or other personal financial information but will adviseyou immediately if we learn otherwise,” the ABA said.

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Read: 5 recent data breaches

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The organization has opened an investigation and isn’t aware ofany fraud tied to the incident, it said.

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In the other announcement, the ABA said it will raise consumers’and entrepreneurs’ awareness of cybersecurity during October by providing tips andother resources for preventing, identifying and reportingbreaches.

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The group also has a web page focused on its policy positionsfor improving safeguards for shoppers.

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It wants Congress to pass legislation holding retailers andothers to “high, uniform, nationwide standards for safeguardingsensitive customer information”--akin to the obligations banks havehad for years to guard financial information.

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And it advocates that those responsible for breaches beresponsible for costs.

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