PlayStation NetworkBad news for Playstation gamers looking to get a little time in with their consoles—old or new—this holiday season. As of around 5 p.m. today (PT), the Playstation Network remains down for basically the third day in a row, minus a few brief spurts of service here and there.

Though it's unclear just what, exactly, the specific reason for the downtime actually is, it's widely rumored that hackers hit both Microsoft's Xbox Live and Sony's Playstation Network with a DDoS attack starting Christmas Day. At least, that's what Twitter accounts belonging to members of the group Lizard Squad have claimed, but there's been no outright confirmation from Microsoft or Sony that this is the case.

Additionally, it's unclear just what's taking Sony so long to restore its service. Presumably, it was hit with the same style of attack that took out Xbox Live as well, though rival Microsoft has certainly rebounded quite a bit faster than Sony. A blog post from Sony, published today, doesn't shed much additional light on the mystery, though it does seem to imply that a DDoS attack was the culprit.

"The video game industry has been experiencing high levels of traffic designed to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay. Multiple networks, including PSN, have been affected over the last 48 hours. PSN engineers are working hard to restore full network access and online gameplay as quickly as possible," reads a blog post from Catherine Jensen, a Sony Computer Entertainment America vice president.

"From time to time there may be disruptions in service due to surges in traffic, but our engineers will be working to restore service as quickly as possible."

And no, it's not you; it's them.

"If you received a PlayStation console over the holidays and have been unable to log onto the network, know that this problem is temporary and is not caused by your game console. We'll continue to keep you posted on Twitter at @AskPlayStation and we'll update this post once the problems subside," she added.

Though Lizard Squad has allegedly called off its DDoS, so the group announced Friday, that doesn't necessarily mean that they have—or, for that matter, that those with access to the resources used to DDoS major entities aren't carrying on and simply not saying anything.

It's also possible that the Lizard Squad twitter account originally taking credit for the attack doesn't necessarily represent those behind said attack. Et cetera. Insert your own Sherlock Holmes-like scenario here… while you're waiting for the Playstation Network to kick back online, that is.