The ransom was paid after most of the company’s facilities were brought back online, JBS said.
“It was a very difficult decision for our company and for me personally,” said Andre Nogueira, CEO of JBS USA, in the statement. “However, we felt that this decision should be taken to avoid any potential risk to our customers.”
The JBS payment was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
The cyber attack affected servers supporting JBS computer systems in North America and Australia. The US government attributed the ransomware attack to REvil, a criminal gang believed to be based in Russia or Eastern Europe.
“The results of the preliminary investigation confirm that no company, customer or employee data has been compromised,” JBS said in a statement Wednesday.
JBS USA is part of JBS Foods, which it claims is one of the largest food companies in the world. It operates in 15 countries and has customers in around 100 countries, according to its website. Its brands include Pilgrim’s, Great Southern and Aberdeen Black.