Is my VPN traffic really being routed through all these strange networks? [closed]


I use the client of a reputed paid VPN company. With each server location I connect to, the log tells me I am instead connecting to networks completely unrelated to the company and the country of the VPN location. But when I check my external IP address, my expected VPN location is returned. So it appears that my traffic is being routed (and logged?) through these strange networks, yet when I try to block them in the firewall, it still connects successfully, making me wonder if I am not connecting to these networks after all or if the firewall is unable to block the connections. Even if no shady routing (MitM) is actually taking place, the question remains: why are those IP addresses showing up in my logs? The signatures of both the VPN client and OpenVPN are valid.

I contacted support, and although they expressed concern, I couldn’t get any explanation in 30 minutes of chatting.

Here’s a redacted transcript of a log. Is there a possibility that my traffic isn’t actually being routed through those networks?

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Connecting to Some VPN country - Some VPN city, ip: **SPOOKY IP**, protocol: tcp ... Sat Jul 25 15:47:01 2020 OpenVPN 2.4.7  ... Sat Jul 25 15:47:01 2020 MANAGEMENT: TCP Socket listening on [AF_INET]127.0.0.1:55583 ... Sat Jul 25 15:47:01 2020 Outgoing Control Channel Authentication: Using 512 bit message hash 'SHA512' for HMAC authentication Sat Jul 25 15:47:01 2020 Incoming Control Channel Authentication: Using 512 bit message hash 'SHA512' for HMAC authentication Sat Jul 25 15:47:01 2020 TCP/UDP: Preserving recently used remote address: [AF_INET]**SPOOKY IP**:443 ... Sat Jul 25 15:47:01 2020 Attempting to establish TCP connection with [AF_INET]**SPOOKY IP**:443 [nonblock] Sat Jul 25 15:47:02 2020 TCP connection established with [AF_INET]**SPOOKY IP**:443 Sat Jul 25 15:47:02 2020 TCP_CLIENT link local: (not bound) Sat Jul 25 15:47:02 2020 TCP_CLIENT link remote: [AF_INET]**SPOOKY IP**:443 Sat Jul 25 15:47:02 2020 TLS: Initial packet from [AF_INET]**SPOOKY IP**:443, sid=xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx ...  Sat Jul 25 15:47:02 2020 Peer Connection Initiated with [AF_INET]**SPOOKY IP**:443 ... Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 PUSH: Received control message: 'PUSH_REPLY,redirect-gateway def1,dhcp-option DNS 10.151.0.1,route 10.151.0.1,topology net30,ping 10,ping-restart 60,socket-flags TCP_NODELAY,ifconfig 10.151.0.102 10.151.0.101,peer-id 0,cipher xxx-xxx-xxx' ... Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 OPTIONS IMPORT: data channel crypto options modified Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 Data Channel: using negotiated cipher 'xxx-xxx-xxx' Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 NCP: overriding user-set keysize with default ... Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 Opening utun (connect(AF_SYS_CONTROL)): Resource busy (errno=16) Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 Opening utun (connect(AF_SYS_CONTROL)): Resource busy (errno=16) Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 Opened utun device utun2 Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 /sbin/ifconfig utun2 delete Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 NOTE: Tried to delete pre-existing tun/tap instance -- No Problem if failure Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 /sbin/ifconfig utun2 10.151.0.102 10.151.0.101 mtu 1500 netmask 255.255.255.255 up ... ifconfig: ioctl (SIOCDIFADDR): Can't assign requested address  DNS setting update type: up DNS setting update type: up, completed  Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 /sbin/route add -net **SPOOKY IP** 192.168.1.1 255.255.255.255 add net **SPOOKY IP**: gateway 192.168.1.1 Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 /sbin/route add -net 0.0.0.0 10.151.0.101 128.0.0.0 add net 0.0.0.0: gateway 10.151.0.101 Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 /sbin/route add -net 128.0.0.0 10.151.0.101 128.0.0.0 add net 128.0.0.0: gateway 10.151.0.101 Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 /sbin/route add -net 0.0.0.0 10.151.0.101 128.0.0.0 route: writing to routing socket: File exists add net 0.0.0.0: gateway 10.151.0.101: File exists Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 /sbin/route add -net 128.0.0.0 10.151.0.101 128.0.0.0 route: writing to routing socket: File exists add net 128.0.0.0: gateway 10.151.0.101: File exists Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 /sbin/route add -net 10.151.0.1 10.151.0.101 255.255.255.255 add net 10.151.0.1: gateway 10.151.0.101 Sat Jul 25 15:47:03 2020 Initialization Sequence Completed `