Batten down the hatches, stock up on essentials, and assume the foetal position – the PlayStation Network is experiencing problems again, and that means that it's time to panic. In all seriousness, though, if you've been encountering trouble with the online service, you've absolutely no need to fret, as the issues don't have nefarious origins. In fact, the whole thing was just a huge accident.

Inane hacker group DERP had originally planned to attack the Sony servers of PlanetSide 2, but it seems that the pesky band of trolls did a pretty ham-fisted job of it. Not only is the multiplayer shooter undergoing turbulence, reports indicate that the entire PSN is acting up. What's more, the hackers are just as surprised at the outcome as we are. "That wasn't part of the plan," they stated on Twitter. "It was only supposed to be PlanetSide 2."

Have you been subject to these bizarre happenings? Are you getting horrific flashbacks to the great PSN outage of 2011? Scream and shout in the comments section below.

[via twitter.com, twitter.com, playstationlifestyle.net]