In many of those instances, the BND had been doing so of its own accord and not at the request of the NSA.
In October, it was revealed that BND used to spy on EU and US government agencies and embassies for years.
The search terms used by the BND in its espionage included communications lines belonging to US diplomatic outposts in Brussels and the United Nations in New York. The list even included the US State Department's hotline for travel warnings.
The magazine added that BND also monitored a broader number of embassies on the country's territory, including the one of Vatican City. This became possible due to the loophole in the German legislation that does not protect non-citizens from BND surveillance efforts.
Earlier this year, German media revealed that US spies used BND's Bad Aibling listening post in southern Bavaria to spy on European targets, including political figures and corporations. A German parliamentary commission initiated an investigation into this case.