Kansas City traffic system still down after cyberattack

Kansas City, Missouri's traffic management system is still offline after a recent cyberattack.
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Cars travel near downtown Kansas City near U.S. Route 71. (Getty Images)

Kansas City, Missouri’s traffic management system, Scout, is still down after a cyberattack on Thursday, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The department posted an alert on X early Thursday morning: “The KC website and services are down until further notice. An announcement will be made when services are restored.”

The website was still down on Friday.

It’s unclear what type of cyberattack caused the outage or who is responsible, but Taylor Brune, a spokesperson for the department, told StateScoop that staff are still monitoring traffic and drivers can visit the Missouri or Kansas transportation websites for updated traffic information until the system is back online.


“KC Scout took immediate action to shut down all real-time cameras and information boards as a protective measure,” Brune said in email. “The system will remain unavailable until further notice as restoration of service efforts begin. Staff are working to get all systems back up as soon as possible, but we don’t have a timeline yet.”

Created in 2000 by the Missouri and Kansas transportation departments, Scout provides real-time alerts to freeway drivers in the Kansas City metro area. The service also uses message boards to notify drivers of emergency situations such as evacuations and child abductions.

Sophia Fox-Sowell

Written by Sophia Fox-Sowell

Sophia Fox-Sowell reports on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and government regulation for StateScoop. She was previously a multimedia producer for CNET, where her coverage focused on private sector innovation in food production, climate change and space through podcasts and video content. She earned her bachelor’s in anthropology at Wagner College and master’s in media innovation from Northeastern University.

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