Gemalto along with a Dutch MEP from its home country, the Netherlands, responded to the GCHQ and NSA's heist of SIM card encryption keys.
Pascal has been with Sony for 19 years, and her resignation shifts all her power to Sony Pictures chief executive Michael Lynton.
Some of the leaked photos of celebrities may have been obtained using the very same tools the police or government agencies use to extract data from iPhones and iPads.
Jeremy Hammond picked up a 10 year prison sentence on Friday for his involvement in hacking the intelligence organization Strategic Forecasting in 2011.
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